Master of Science (Nursing) Online

Program Overview

The Master of Science (Nursing), or MS(N) degree program, prepares nurses with post-baccalaureate or post-graduate degrees for roles as nurse educators and nurse leaders.

Graduates of the Masters of Science in Nursing program proceed to prepare future nurses, promote health, and provide nursing leadership to meet the healthcare needs of its citizens of Missouri and beyond.

The Master of Science degree is offered in conjunction with the University of Missouri Graduate School and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Masters in Nursing Areas of Study 

The Master of Science (Nursing) options provide the prospective nursing graduate student with a choice of advancing their nursing practice in the areas of leadership or nursing education:

Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems

Nurse Educator


Why is the Master of Science in Nursing a good choice?

Explore some of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing’s Master’s options features to consider:

  • We provide an online graduate orientation tailored to provide students the tools they need for success.
  • All courses are delivered in a flexible online format to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Students have the choice to be enrolled in part time or full time to meet their personal/professional goals.
  • Students in the Nurse Educator program are trained in basic advanced practice knowledge and skills blended with the latest trends in nursing education.
  • Nurse Leader students have no on-campus requirements; Nurse Educators have only one on-campus requirement during the duration of the program.
  • All courses are taught by experienced online nurse educators and nurse leaders.
  • Is your ultimate goal to obtain a nursing doctorate? Courses taken toward your MS degree can be applied toward your doctoral degree at MU.



Your Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences are required of both the Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Nurse Educator programs. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical in their own communities under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical experiences vary depending upon the student’s emphasis area and may include preceptors who are nursing managers, nurse executives, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators in acute or long term care settings, and nurse faculty.



Career & Salary Outlook

For Nurse Leaders, including healthcare executives and administrators, employment opportunities are estimated to grow by 20%. The national median annual wage for health service managers was $99,730 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

What kind of jobs can you get with a Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems degree?

  • Clinical manager in a variety of health care settings
  • Nursing executive
  • Nurse entrepreneur in business or innovative health care settings
  • Nurse consultant for general clinical operations, patient safety initiatives, and human resource challenges


For Nurse Educators who are employed as postsecondary educators, employment opportunities are estimated to grow by 15%. The annual median wage for postsecondary teachers was $71,260 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics.  

What kind of jobs can you get with a Nurse Educator degree?

  • Positions as an academic nurse educator within a community college or University setting
  • Staff development coordinator
  • Staff educator in various practice settings
  • Patient and family educator in both healthcare and community health settings



Program Cost & Tuition

Estimated cost for the MS(N) in Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems is: $17,071.69* and Nurse Educator estimate cost is: $20,703.13*


  • The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is proud to offer one of the most affordable and comprehensive online options in the country. 
  • In state and out-of-state students pay the same tuition.

For a complete overview of University of Missouri costs and tuition, visit the University of Missouri cashier’s office.

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress.

Scholarships & Assistance

Scholarships and funding opportunities are available for Master of Science in Nursing students. These benefits include:


From Our Students

You won’t find many opportunities like the MU Sinclair School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Programs. Hear from our students:

Callie Rinhart

As a patient care provider in the ever-changing nursing field, Callie felt that she was ready to gain new skills and become a leader. With the Sinclair School of Nursing’s focus on student growth, she was able to immediately apply the course work to her job. After earning her MS degree in leadership in nursing and health care systems Callie is ready to advance in her nursing leadership career.