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Master's degree

Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration

21 months

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Online & campus


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Register by: Feb 2, 2022

Advanced nursing theory and research provide the foundation for nurse leaders to influence the future of nursing and healthcare. The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration, will prepare you to pursue a future as a hospital, health system or healthcare leader. Develop your knowledge with key courses covering topics like nursing theory, coaching and mentoring nursing staff, and the healthcare leader’s role during organizational change.

  • Manage human, fiscal and physical healthcare resources in a variety of settings

  • Implement systems that improve quality, safety and patient outcomes

  • Advocate for patients

  • Influence change in the healthcare system

  • Design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population care within an interdisciplinary team

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Nurse Bridge Program

If you have an active RN license and a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, our Nursing Bridge Program helps experienced nurses like you earn your MSN degree — saving you time and money. You’ll start with three BSN courses and then move into the program specialty that fits your career goals.



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Your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses for an online Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration.

What you'll learn

When you earn your online Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Applying organizational and systems leadership concepts to the management of human, fiscal and physical healthcare resources
  • Evaluating processes and systems and utilizing current technology to support continuous quality improvement and improve patient outcomes
  • Assessing policy, regulatory, legal, economic and sociocultural environments to advocate for patients and effect change in the healthcare system
  • Designing and delivering evidence-based care to serve diverse populations within an interdisciplinary team
  • Implementing change to meet desired quality measures
  • Evaluating policies to meet external regulatory and accreditation standards
  • Formulating a strategic plan and distinguishing the key components required for success
  • Analyzing a budget and ensuring needed resources are planned for
  • Predicting the needed resources (human and financial) to meet desired outcomes

  • Implementing change to meet desired quality measures

Program Purpose Statement

This is a post-licensure nursing program designed for nurses with current RN licensure who desire to obtain a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus on Nursing Administration (MSN/ADM). The program prepares the graduate to function in leadership and administrative roles within the profession of nursing. Students may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive Certification Exam and should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center for eligibility requirements.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Administration?

An MSN/ADM can help prepare you to be a:

  • Clinical director
  • Nursing director
  • Nurse manager
32 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be much faster than the average between 2020 and 2030.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.


Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school.  Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and this program is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as: 

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

Real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience


Chief Executive Officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

I definitely understand how difficult it is for students who have a family. I try to make my classes as “un-stressful” as possible.

Beverly Jensen

2020 Faculty of the Year


Current RN license required. 

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.