MSN Education and Leadership Program Highlights

  • 33 credits, available completely online
  • 22 months until completion if taking courses full time
  • Courses taken in 8- and 16-week sessions
  • No GRE or GMAT required 

Advance with a Master of Science in Nursing, Education and Leadership Degree

Prepare to assume an advanced role in education, administration, or clinical practice with a Master of Science in Nursing with an Education and Leadership concentration. You will develop the knowledge and master the skills necessary to lead in a variety of health care settings. Participate in a curriculum designed for a multidisciplinary learning environment, using interactive teaching strategies oriented toward adult learners.

Our MSN Education and Leadership program focuses on training for advanced practice leadership and preparation to become an educator. Our graduates are ready to practice in diverse health care roles and nursing education systems. Here at Carlow, you'll receive the best of both worlds in nursing and education. Your mission just became easier.

Have questions? Our admissions team can help. Request more information today.

MSN Education and Leadership Program Requirements

For admission into the Master of Science in Nursing, Education and Leadership program, you will need a:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Undergraduate Statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • Copy of your current registered nurse license

If you are ready to apply, please view our Graduate Nursing Requirements page for more in-depth requirements as well as the graduate application.


To combat a nationwide shortage of nurse educators, Carlow University has received a grant for $150,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide student loan forgiveness for graduate nursing students who become nurse educators after graduation. Click here for more information. 

Where our Graduates Go

MSN Education and Leadership graduates are prepared to assume various roles in many different education and healthcare arenas. Our students obtain positions in their disciplines with prominent employers such as Allegheny Health Network, Excela Health, UPMC, the UPMC Schools of Nursing, Westmoreland Community College, and Carlow University and many others. 

Graduates from this program go on to have titles such as:

  • Director of the Emergency Department at a regional acute care facility
  • Faculty at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
  • Manager of Case Management Clinical Education Team at a large local suburban healthcare agency
  • Clinical Coordinator at Carlow University
  • Program Director of the graduate program at a local university
  • Chief Nursing Officer at Somerset Hospital

MSN Education and Leadership Course Information

Course Requirements: 33 credits
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Locations: Completely Online

Full MSN Education and Leadership Plan of Study

Sample Courses

NU-711 Health Care Innovation and Quality

Nurses of all kinds, but especially those who focus on leadership, must stay up to date with the latest developments in the science of nursing and health care. This course gives students a bedrock of fundamental principles and evidence-based guidelines for evaluating healthcare quality, regulatory management, and workplace leadership. As the landscape of nursing changes, nurses must change, too -- this course prepares students to be agents of that change.  

NU-737 Leadership in Health Care Ethics and Policy

The central concern of any nursing leadership program is the confluence of ethics and policy in health care, with specific application to nursing. Students will learn the general principles of ethics and those principles most often applied in health care. This course will include an overview of health care policymaking in the United States as well as the role of the “leader as advocate.” 

NU-705 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in health care environments. The course is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion personal perspectives on how to lead professionally. Analyzing trends and issues in the current health care system that have implication for exercising leadership will help students determine the way they can make a difference. 

for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.