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Master's Programs

Nursing Administration

The Nursing Administration program prepares you to manage the delivery of nursing and healthcare services across diverse healthcare settings.

As an MSN nursing administration student, you’ll gain a strong foundation in organizational leadership principles such as budgeting, strategic planning and change management. Learn the 'people side' of nursing leadership with content focused on the employee experience. 

Accelerated online course delivery,  paired with practicums that can be completed in your workplace, offers you flexible yet comprehensive training that prepares you for national certification in Nursing Administration. Our graduates work in nursing leadership roles across all healthcare settings.


The MSN in Nursing Administration requires 30 credit hours and can be completed in 12 to 18 months. All didactic coursework is online, distance format. Courses are accelerated and delivered in seven-week terms. You may take classes on a full-time (two courses per term) or part-time (one course per term) basis.

Full Time

A full-time student starting in Fall 2020 would be completed by Summer 2021.

2020: 2 courses each in Fall A, Fall B

2021: 2 courses each in Spring A, Spring B and Summer

Part Time

A part-time student starting in Fall 2020 would be completed by Summer 2022.

2020: 1 course each in Fall A and Fall B 2020

2021: 1 course each in Spring A and Spring B; 1 course in Summer, 1 course each in Fall A and Fall B

2022: 1 course each in Spring A and Spring B; 1 course in Summer


Required Courses

  • NURS 700 - Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations for Nursing
  • NURS 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health Systems
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
  • NURS 738 - Financing Health Care
  • NURS 740 - Facilitative Processes in Nursing Administration
  • NURS 741 - Coordinating Processes in Nursing Administration
  • NURS 742 - Integrative Process in Nursing Administration
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing

Students must choose one of the following courses:

  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing & Nursing Services Management
  • BIO 700 - Introduction to Biostatistics
  • EDRM 710 - Educational Statistics I

Students must choose one of the following courses:

  • NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Research
  • NURS 799 - Thesis

Upon graduation and if you meet the experience criteria, you are eligible to sit for four credentialing exams:

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) through the American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through the American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Certified Nurse Executive (NE-BC) through the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
  • Certified Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) through the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from previous undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of reference from master’s-prepared RNs who can speak to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Master’s in Nursing Administration program
  • A personal goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of residence
  • GRE not required

The Nursing Administration program accepts students for spring, summer and fall entry. Applications will be accepted in the late spring and early summer for fall 2020 enrollment.  Applications may be submitted July 1 – October 31 for spring 2021 enrollment, November 1 – March 15 for summer 2021 enrollment and April 1 - June 30 for fall 2021 enrollment.

Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.

MSN program costs depend on several factors. Estimate your costs by visiting the university’s Bursar’s Office website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships and scholarships for graduate study. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.


The Master of Science in Nursing Degree programs at the University of South Carolina are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2021. Our programs also meet the standards for American Nurses Association Credentialing Center, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

State Authorization

Although the University of South Carolina is a member of SARA, some state Boards of Nursing or state higher education commissions have recently started imposing restrictions for offering distance education courses within their state. Check to see if our online programs are open to residents in your state.

Contact Us

Phone: 803-777-9173

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208



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