Guide the future of health care with an M.S. in Nursing Leadership.

Why should I pursue a Master of Science in Nursing?

The modern health care system is complex. It requires effective leaders that can balance patient care and manage a nursing staff while developing innovative strategies to keep hospitals running smoothly.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the careers for medical and health services managers are growing at 23 percent, which is much faster than the average rate.

Health care needs leaders that are up-to-date on technology as well as the constantly changing laws and regulations. If you have a passion to serve and a willingness to lead, consider a M.S. in Nursing Leadership.

Is an M.S. in Nursing Leadership for me?

If you’re looking for a leadership path that can put you on the course to director-level roles and beyond, then an M.S. in Nursing Leadership might be right for you.

Supervisory positions are integral to the daily operations of a clinical unit or medical practice. So if you’re looking to boost your career and take on more responsibility, an M.S. in Nursing will prepare you to:

  • Manage finances and budgets
  • Understand and implement health care policy
  • Set policies and procedures
  • Evaluate staff members

What will I learn in Regis’ M.S. in Nursing program?

The Master's in Nursing Leadership provides knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the AACN Masters Essentials in a 30 credit hour Master's degree, enabling the student to complete the requirements while still employed in 5 semesters. These essentials include:

  • Background for Practice from Science and Humanities
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
  • Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health
  • Master's Level Nursing Practice

In addition, you also have the option to choose from four certificate options to compliment your degree and focus your education in one of the following areas:

In this program, you'll explore evidence-based research, teaching and learning strategies in health care and participate in a hands-on practicum and service learning experiences.

You’ll complete two practicum experiences, totaling 210 hours, designed to consolidate skills and apply principles in a management environment, working directly with a nursing manager.

Is Regis’ MSN program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) at Regis University is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).

What class formats are available?

A lot of people ask us, “How long will it take me to finish this degree?” Regis University's unique program allows you to achieve a M.S. in Nursing Leadership in just 30 credit hours. 

You can earn your M.S. in Nursing online or hybrid. The majority of classes are offered in eight-week terms allowing you to progress and focus on one or two classes at a time. Our program is five semesters of full-time study and can be completed in one and a half years.

The flexible online format allows you to log in anytime, day or night, as you complete assignments. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

When do MSN classes start at Regis? 

Courses are offered online in blended eight-week terms that begin in January, May and August.

Courses are also offered in a hybrid blended format that begins once a year in January. This format allows you to complete your courses online, in person or through synchronized online learning with technology that allows you to be a part of the class in real-time from a distance!

Can I combine my undergraduate degree with a master’s in nursing?

Are you currently an RN looking to get on a fast track to your MSN? Good news! We also offer a RN to M.S. in Nursing: Education or Management Focus. An education certificate in addition to the M.S. in Nursing Leadership is also a great option for students interested in teaching in clinical or academic settings.

What careers can I get with an M.S. in Nursing Leadership?

According to the American Nurses Association, there will be more nursing jobs available through 2022 than any other profession. Management positions in nursing include roles such as:

  • Nursing Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Clinical Services Director
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Executive Director
  • Management and executive roles in operations

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic focus, explore and find a new career path and create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a M.S. in Nursing Leadership degree?

According to, the median salary* for a Nursing Director is $83,000. The salary range can fall between $57,000 and $123,000 annually.

* Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, Leadership in Health Care Systems program at Regis University. The total degree requires 30 semester hours.

Major Requirements (30 credit hours)
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders
NR 608 Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice
NR 609 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration Practicum
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders
NR 620 Health Care Organizations and Systems Leadership
NR 623 Leadership in Health Care Systems Practicum
NR 646 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Health Care
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation
Graduate Elective  

Students interested in pursuing further specialization may elect to enroll in a complimentary certificate program in the following areas: 

The option to add additional certification is also available to meet specialized needs of the individual practitioner and organizations. Certificate options include Health Care Education, Health Care Business Management, Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, and Health Care Informatics. These are offered in collaboration with the Department of Health Services Administration and the Department of Data Science, both within Regis University.

Please note: For official program requirements based on academic year, please refer to the academic catalog.

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Complete the Regis University Application or the NursingCAS Application. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for Nursing programs. Regis University accepts either application and gives equal consideration to both.

Have questions? Attend an information session or webinar, or just email or calls us.

The application requirements are the same regardless of which application you utilize to apply.  If utilizing the Regis Application all documents are submitted directly to Regis University.  If utilizing the NursingCAS application, all documents, including transcripts are submitted directly to NursingCAS.    

  • Submit a completed online application.
  • Request official BSN degree–bearing transcript from a NLNAC or ACN/CCNE accredited program as well as an official transcript showing A grade of “C” or better in an introductory course in statistics that includes inferential as well as descriptive statistics. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. If completing the NursingCAS application, transcript instructions are included in the application and transcripts are sent directly to NursingCAS. If utilizing the Regis University application direct transcripts to the following address:
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: A-12 
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. You will need the email addresses for your references to complete the online forms.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience 
  • Submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Essay topic is provided after you submit the application or you can contact your Admissions Counselor.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at

Regis University
Office of Admissions
3333 Regis Blvd.
Mail Code A-12
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
Fax: 303.964.5534

Admissions Criteria

  • A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLNAC or AACN-CCNE accredited program. 
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. 
  • A grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for all applicants 
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better (may be taken after admission but prior to NR 602).
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. View the complete list of Disqualifying Offenses.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program. 
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements: 1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656. OR 2. Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.


Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. View the State Authorization homepage for more information.

Louisiana | New York | North Dakota | Oregon (APRN only)

Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule.

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
Regis University's MS in Nursing program has a rolling admission deadline; we accept applications up to the start date of the program but recommend applying sooner than later. The program starts three times a year in Spring (early January), Summer (May) and  Fall (late August).

What are the prerequisites for the program?
There are no prerequisites to begin the online nursing curriculum, however, applicants must have completed a statistics course with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in NR 602 - Research in Nursing. 

What if I have not taken a statistics course?
You are eligible to apply, but admitted students must have a completed statistics course prior to taking NR 602 in the program. Regis University offers several statistics courses, and offers one specific to healthcare professionals (MT 274 Statistics for Health Professionals). We allow students to enroll in these courses as a non-degree seeking student. Additionally the course can be taken at any regionally accredited college or University including community colleges. For those in the Colorado area looking at the community college offerings, MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics will fulfill this requirement.

If you're interested in enrolling in this course at Regis University, complete the 'Non Degree Application' and contact your admission counselor to register.  

Do you require an academic reference from a college instructor?
No. We require three letters of reference on the forms provided in the application. One reference must be from your current employer or supervisor and the other two can be either professional or academic. 

How long do I have to complete my degree?
Students have a total of 5 years to complete all degree requirements.

How long does it typically take to complete the program?
The master’s degree in nursing leadership program is five semesters of full-time study completed in 1.5 years. Students are encouraged to complete the program in the designed timeframe, although variations in schedule can be made as needed. We know life happens. 

When do the classes meet?
If you choose to complete the hybrid program format, courses meet one evening per week, from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Online students have the flexibility to complete weekly assignments asynchronously (i.e., no pre-determined login times).

Will I have an Academic Advisor?
Yes, once you start class you will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Your assigned advisor will work with you throughout the entire program and will be available via email and phone. Their primary role is to help you with course sequencing, to ensure you are meeting all degree requirements, to answer general questions and provide support.

Can I take more than one class in an 8-week term?
New students are only allowed to take one course during their first 8-week term. If a grade of A- or better is earned in this course, students are allowed to register for additional courses during the following terms if they desire.

Frequently Asked Questions - Campus-Based Students

Are students required to have laptops for the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including the MS, Nursing Leadership campus-based students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Frequently Asked Questions - Online Students

Do I have to be online at a certain time each day/week?
You are not held to any specific online class times throughout the day or week. As long as you are completing your assignments by the assigned due date, you can log in at a time that is best for you.

How do I hand in assignments, submit tests and receive feedback?
Assignments and tests in online courses are submitted electronically (as e-mail attachments) and may be posted on the site. The faculty member or the syllabus generally specifies how a given assignment or test is to be submitted; the goals of the course usually dictate the most appropriate method. Assignments often are submitted as discussion postings. The faculty member's feedback is typically given in an individual e-mail or through written comments to the student. This varies from one course to another.

Am I required to visit campus?
While campus visits are not required, students are welcome to visit our beautiful campus in Denver, CO.

Can I attend commencement?
We welcome and encourage all online students to participate in the commencement ceremony upon completion of graduation requirements.

What if I take time off (vacation, summer)?
You are encouraged to take a class each eight-week term, but we also understand that many students are busy adults who need to take time away from classes. It's important that you speak with your online academic advisor to let them know your plans.

How do I purchase textbooks?
Textbooks can be purchased through the Regis online bookstore and are mailed directly to you. The bookstore can be accessed by visiting

What if I have computer related issues, is there someone available to help?
Yes, our Information Technology Services Department (ITS) help center is open
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM MST and Saturday - Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM MST.

I am a College Network customer; do I have to complete all of my study guides and tests prior to starting the nursing classes?
No, in fact, we recommend that you start an online nursing class as soon as possible. The reason being, if you are like the majority of our MS in Nursing students it's been a while since you've been in school. Starting back with a structured online course where you will have the support of classmates and an instructor can be very helpful. Having weekly assignments, a set syllabus and essentially being 'forced' to keep up makes a huge difference in re-establishing study habits and developing a routine for going back to school. The unstructured and self study nature of the TCN study guides (CLM's) can sometimes make getting back into the school mind set a little more difficult. We see that many our students have a much easier time completing the CLM's once they taken a few online courses and established the balance of going back to school.

Computer Requirements

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-Fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template