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Nursing Leadership and Administration Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Lead Health Care Innovation

You’ve been on the front lines of patient care. Now it’s your time to lead. With our MSN, Nursing Leadership and Administration specialization, you can shape policies, influence patient outcomes, and deliver the best care possible. This program will position you as a well-rounded nurse executive skilled in leadership, finance, operations management, and health care informatics and technology. If you have your BSN and you’re ready to impact health care all the way from the waiting room to the boardroom, you’re ready for this CCNE-accredited* program.  

*The BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • CCNE Accredited* 
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum
  • 54 Total Credits (12 Max Transfer)

Classes Start April 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months for $10,000.*

*Based on fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fess may apply.

MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration Program Highlights

Reduce Your Tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Professional Partnerships

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by recommending Capella education programs.

Industry Aligned

This MSN course of study incorporates the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

96% of Nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

S­ource: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018

Practicum Experience

Our integrated capstone and practice immersion allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges.

Cost & Learning Formats

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$425 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

“I like FlexPath because my schedule fluctuates quite a bit, so committing to a normal college course timeline and pre-set due dates isn’t an option for me at this point in my life. I am busy and probably couldn’t meet the deadlines of a traditional online format.”

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Kati Kleber*, MSN

*Actual Capella student who is compensated for appearing in our promotional materials.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Employer & Association Discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration Sample Courses

Our competency-based MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration is designed by nursing faculty and influenced by industry leaders. This robust program will help expand your leadership, finance, and strategic planning skills to influence health care practices and outcomes.

Course Number Course Title
MSN6210 Leadership and Management for Nurse Executives
MSN6212 Health Care Quality and Safety Management
MSN6214 Health Care Informatics and Technology
MSN6216 Advanced Finance and Operations Management
MSN6218 Leading the Future of Health Care

What You’ll Learn

This online MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration program will help you expand your leadership, operational, and critical thinking skills to succeed as a nurse executive.

  • Leadership & team building
  • Organizational management
  • Change management

  • Technology integration
  • Financial management
  • Interprofessional collaboration

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.

Capstone Mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Nurse manager/administrator
  • Director of nursing
  • Director of long-term care
  • Emergency department director
  • Director of wellness program
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Nursing educator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Medical center
  • Health clinic
  • Long-term care facility
  • Home health care agency
  • Community health agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Hospital-based school of nursing
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Insurance company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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