Advance with learning. Lead with confidence.

Our program takes an innovative approach in educating bachelor’s prepared nurses for roles as a nurse manager or leader in nursing administration and management in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Build and enhance your expertise in complex systems thinking, organization theory, quality improvement, finance, informatics, population health, business, and leadership practices. Access rich intellectual resources through our affiliation with Mass General Brigham.

The MS – Leadership in Nursing Administration curriculum is grounded in evidence-based practice and consists of:

  • Three (9-credits) core MS courses
  • Two (6-credits) courses from School of Healthcare Leadership
  • Two (6-credits) courses from Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Program
  • School of Nursing specialty courses including the practicum experience (15-credits)

Nursing leaders will play a pivotal role in the future of nursing.  The coursework and practica is designed to focus your expertise in complex systems thinking, organization theory, quality improvement, finance, informatics, population health, business, and leadership practices. The program will prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors relative to your values and interests to function as emerging nurse leaders in a variety of healthcare settings. 

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The program includes an interprofessional partnership with the IHP's School of Healthcare Leadership data analytics and health administration curricula.

Utilizing unique Institute programming including Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), strong instructional design capacity, and a long history of pedagogical excellence within the School of Nursing, over the course of the part-time two-year online program, you will:

  1. Gain over 400 hours of practicum experience to support the development of skills related to leadership, management, critical thought, and problem-solving.
  2. Become highly skilled to analyze organizations, interview nurse directors and managers, and create staffing, budgets, and business strategy plans.
  3. Initiate collaborative practice to enhance quality and safety by working in teams along different healthcare workers to deliver the highest quality of care across settings.

After earning your degree, you can seamlessly transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Institute.

Application Process

The Application Process is comprised of 2-steps: 

  • Step 1:  Submit the application in our online portal along with the non-refundable $100 application fee.
  • Step 2: Upload Required Supplemental Documents*

*After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your log-in information and a link to upload all the required supplemental documents. You can view your application status and pending supplemental documents via the application portal, as well.

Dates & Deadlines

Now accepting applications for program starting: Spring 2023

How to Apply

Application review is ongoing and will continue until the class is filled. Only completed applications will be reviewed for admission.

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All applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. 


Applicants must have completed a graduate or undergraduate Statistics course with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation.

View online prerequisite courses offered through the MGH Institute

RN Licensure 

All applicants must have current professional (RN) licensure, which will be verified prior to enrollment.  


The GRE is not required for admission to this program. 


The language of instruction and clinical education at the MGH Institute is English and a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English is required.  Applicants who have not completed either an undergraduate or graduate program where English is the language of instruction must demonstrate English Language proficiency as part of your application to the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  If you have questions about the language requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Applicants who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  • Applicants who are candidates for graduation from an accredited degree-granting program in the United States or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above are also not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Acceptance to the IHP will be contingent upon successful completion of this degree prior to matriculation.

Please note that in some circumstances, demonstrating English language proficiency may be required by the academic program even if you are a citizen of a country in which the (or one of the) national language(s) is English. Decisions about the need for TOEFL or IELTS scores are at the discretion of the academic program to which you are applying in coordination with the department of OES.

The IHP accepts either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the application deadline and official score reports are required. The minimum TOEFL (internet-based) score accepted is 89 and the minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.5.  

  • To forward your TOEFL score please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The MGH Institute of Health Professions code is 3513.

  • For IELTS, a Test Report Form may be mailed to MGH Institute of Health Professions and score information will be verified by the IHP directly. You may designate up to 5 schools to receive Test Report Forms at the time you register for the test.  To request additional Test Report Forms, contact your test center.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about the MGH Institute’s English Language requirements. 

Applicants are required to submit a transcript from each college and/or university attended, even if a degree was not received from that institution. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted throughout the application process, and official transcripts will only be required prior to enrolling in the program. 

The Office of Admission strongly encourages the use of online electronic transcript ordering which can be sent directly via email to admissions [at] If this is not an option and your institution does not participate in electronic transcript delivery, please request official transcripts be sent to the mailing address listed below:

Admission Office
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Applicants that have earned a degree from a non-US institution are required to submit a course-by-course credential evaluation from one of the following NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) members: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, World Education Services (WES), or the Center for Educational Documentation. If you earned your bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. this credential evaluation must document minimum equivalency of a US baccalaureate degree or higher.

Essay/Goal Statement

All applicants are required to compose an essay that addresses the following: 

  1. How will a Leadership in Nursing Administration degree help you achieve your career goals?  
  2. What personal and professional experience do you have that will make you an excellent nurse leader?   
  3. What do you wish to accomplish by attaining this degree?  

Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three pages in total. Please make sure your full legal name is included on each page. The statement of intent should be uploaded directly to your online application.

Diversity Statement

A Diversity Statement is required for all applicants and must be submitted directly within the online application as a supplemental item. The Diversity Statement should address the following: 
MGH Institute of Health Professions is committed to an inclusive campus climate that welcomes students who will enrich the diversity of thought and perspectives, and therefore, enhance the learning experiences of all. In what ways might you personally contribute to improving the experience of the campus as a welcoming and inclusive place to learn? 
The Diversity Statement should be approximately two (2) double spaced pages in length, double spaced and 12 pt. font. 

Recommendation Letters

Applicants are required to provide two (2) recommendation letters. All recommendations are processed through our online application. Please provide contact information for each recommender within the online application. 

Recommendation letters should come from individuals who are able to address your academic ability, character, and integrity, as well as your potential for graduate professional study. Furthermore, at least one letter should come from an academic reference if possible. 

However, if you have been out working for several years and employers or supervisors are more likely to be able to judge you in this way, it is perfectly acceptable to have letters from them. 

Resume or CV

Applicants are required to submit a current resume or CV.

What is the curriculum plan, and can I pursue this degree either full-time or part-time? 

It is a part-time program.

Who do I contact for more information about the academic program, curriculum, or course requirements?

Please dkelly [at] (contact the program).

Who do I contact for more information about the application process, my application status, or what documents to submit?

You may admissions [at] (email the admission office)title="Email Office of Admissions", or call (617) 726-1304 weekdays between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Can I defer my admission to a future term?

Though generally not permitted, deferral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are generally approved only in extreme circumstances or military deployment. To request a deferral, admissions [at] (subject: Deferral%20Request) (email the admission office)title="Link to the Admission's email".

Are there other Conditions of Admission?

Yes.  If applicable, final transcripts and test scores must be submitted to satisfy the conditions of admission.

I’m an international student. Can I receive an F-1 Visa?

Please see General Information for Prospective International Students.

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Meet Our Program Director

"Having worked in nursing administration for most of my career, it is clear to me that educating nurses for leadership roles will prepare them for a wide range of opportunities. This program aims to provide bachelor's prepared nurses with concepts and skills required to lead in any interprofessional healthcare organization setting. Our Graduates will leave with a foundation essential to advance within nursing leadership."

Debra E. Kelly, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Assistant Professor, Nursing

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