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Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Systems Leadership

Make a Difference as a Nurse Leader

Today's medical field is facing increased demand for healthcare professionals across specialties and administrative levels. This is reflected by predictions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that jobs for medical and health services managers will grow 32%—139,600 jobs—between 2020 and 2030.

Norwich's online Master of Science in Nursing program was designed to meet these critical demands. Our program aims to help you build the essential skills needed to pursue advanced roles in healthcare systems leadership.

Why Norwich?

The master's degree program in nursing at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Learn from a faculty of active scholars with doctorate degrees.

Customize your studies based on your career goals and personal interests.

Apply newly acquired skills in real-time and drive positive change within your organization well before you graduate.

Enroll with no GRE or GMAT requirements.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to the U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who recieved the average level of need-based financial aid.

Accreditation & Recognition

NECHE Accredited

 Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).



The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Next Master's Session Start Dates: 

SUMMER: June 3, 2024

FALL: August 26, 2024

WINTER: November 18, 2024

Program & Details

At a Glance

No GRE/GMAT required Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher



Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT    
Extended hours available by appointment

Call: 1-866-684-7237    

Transfer Credits

You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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International Admissions

Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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Norwich Alumni Benefits

Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
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Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Eligibility Requirements


  • A bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited (either by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) undergraduate nursing program, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a NACES approved agency. 
  • An active license as a registered nurse in your state of practice that is unencumbered.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required.  This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.
  • International applicants who are not licensed as registered nurses in the U.S. must achieve a passing score on both the English and nursing sections of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must demonstrate a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 undergraduate hours of his/her nursing program.)
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics and research.
  • Graduate testing is not required.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs).

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • RN license
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your conferred undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent: This letter should include an introduction of yourself and your professional goals. In addition, it should cover the following areas: Current area of nursing practice, Reason for pursuing additional education, Ways you plan to apply your degree
  • One letter of recommendation from a nurse leader/manager or supervisor that can attest to your readiness for all graduate-level work
    • The letter of recommendation should be submitted on professional letterhead
    • An additional letter of recommendation may be requested by the Program Director during the application review process

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-877-348-8153
Email: info@online.norwich.edu

Norwich’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program begins with six 3-credit core courses that focus on the roles of the advanced nurse, health care systems, practice and policy, theoretical foundations of practice, research for evidence-based practice and quality improvement practice, and technology. Each core course is 11 weeks in length. The remaining courses are focused on your concentration, healthcare systems leadership. 

To view additional program details such as course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for this MSN program, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.

Online Master's

Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience. We work hard to make it affordable. Financial aid and several strategies can help finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you. 

Term tuition varies based on the number of credits taken. Total tuition is based on a full-credit load per term. 

*Tuition may differ based on semesters enrolled and number of transfer credits. First semester is comprised of two courses and subsequent semesters are four courses.

Tuition at a Glance
Credit Hours: 36
Cost Per Credit Hour: $825
Additional fees & discounts may apply.

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No GRE/GMAT required


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Alumni Testimonials

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The faculty provided a learning experience that was student-centered and rich with support. I believe that I am well prepared to take on the new challenges ahead in my career as a nurse educator because of the education that I gained at Norwich University

Benitha Garrett

'15 Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Systems Leadership

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I have been promoted to the job that I wanted but didn’t think I could have the opportunity to get previously.

Michelle Tavares

'18 Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Systems Leadership

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Faculty members incorporated academics with real-world clinical practice. Each faculty member mentored me to acquire the knowledge and develop skills to take on the complexities of a dynamic healthcare industry.

Emmanuel Pigon

'15 Master of Science in Nursing: Healthcare Systems Leadership

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I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get both my bachelor's and master's degrees at Norwich University. I truly wanted to earn my degree, and the diplomacy program ensured I did.

Michael Rodriguez

'19 Master of Arts in Diplomacy

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It's my educational goal to pursue a doctorate degree. Earning a master's degree is the first step.

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Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for MSN Graduates

Healthcare is a $1.6 trillion industry, and it’s only growing (U.S. Census Bureau). Professionals who are able to keep up with healthcare’s rapid changes and increased requirements are not just in demand, but well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for medical and health services managers is $104,280 per year from 2020-2030.

Our online Master of Science in Nursing can help you pursue roles as a health policy expert, nurse administrator, or clinical nurse leader. You could even take a role in shaping health policy, leading change through information analysis, and providing advanced care to patients in a healthcare setting.

Our graduates include work in a variety of roles, including*:

Career Roles

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Student Health
  • Clinic Wellness Center
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Director
  • Nursing Supervisor
  • Risk Manager/Corporate
  • Compliance Officer
  • Surgical Nurse Manager

Our alumni have gone on to positions in top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • Mount Eagle College and University
  • Catskill Regional Medical Center
  • ECPI University
  • MDT College of Health Sciences
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Koinonia Homes, Inc.