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School of Nursing

Nursing Administration/Leadership/Policy (MS)

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Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in managing and coordinating the delivery of nursing and health services across multiple settings and specialty areas, including nurse-managed businesses and clinics.

Students may pursue several options:

  • Nurse Manager for those who choose a depth of knowledge in administration.
  • Nurse Clinician/Manager for those primarily interested in an area of clinical practice who want nursing administration as the supporting role area.
  • The MS/MBA joint degree for those with previous clinical experience who want to pursue an advanced degree through the School of Nursing in conjunction with the College of Business Administration. Both degrees are fully accredited by their respective disciplines.
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies for experienced nurses.

Our graduates assume positions as leaders in the health care system and in the field of health care informatics. Health care informatics is the body of knowledge and the processes that help smooth the interface between clinical and administrative systems to improve diagnostics and treatment. It requires both a clinical background and a current knowledge of technology to bring the systems together. Northeastern's is the first program in the northeast to introduce nursing informatics into the curriculum.

Advanced roles that graduates may practice include nurse educator, nurse administrator, nurse researcher and nurse policy analyst. Informatics specialists work with offices and health care systems as information system directors, implementation/trainers, project management consultants, or health care technology specialists to develop plans to incorporate technology into the practice.


The MS degree is 43 hours and may be completed full-time or part-time. The MS/MBA options includes 70 hours in both Nursing and Business theory. The Certificate for Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is 30 hours.

Detailed curriculum.

Experiential Learning

In the last academic year of your program, you will apply for a practicum assignment, where you will work for approximately eight hours per week throughout the semester. You will work one-on-one with your master's-prepared preceptor in higher-level operations of the organization. You will see the inner workings of the organization and observe the decision-making process first hand. You will learn the details of budgeting, staffing, human resources, daily operations, long-range planning, and more from the people in the organization who make the decisions.

At a weekly seminar, you will discuss issues that arise and compare notes with faculty and fellow students on approaches to resolving them. You will also write log entries on your work and on how you are implementing the "leader/manager as developer" model which Northeastern emphasizes.

Unlike programs at most other universities, Northeastern's placement office helps you make the connection to potential work sites and your faculty visit you on site during your practicum. Interviewing with the preceptor and securing the position become part of the educational process. Because of Northeastern's long experience and superb reputation in practice-oriented education, we are able to draw on a large array of affiliations, alumni, and professional connections to help place you in a health care setting that will enable you to reach your professional goals.

Practicum opportunities are available across all sectors of the health care system, including private, public, and nonprofit institutions and community programs. Some include:

  • Partner's Integrated Delivery Systems
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Care Group
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Neighborhood Health Centers in Boston & Cambridge
  • Long-term care, hospice, and rehabilitation centers

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Tel: 617.373.3324

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