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Nursing Management and Quality Leadership (MS)


Advance your career and take on new leadership roles as an agent for positive change in healthcare with the MS in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership.

Today’s healthcare climate demands nursing leaders be flexible, creative, and able to empower others. The Nursing Management and Quality Leadership MS program will ensure you develop the organizational, business, and people skills needed to meet those demands and take charge of your healthcare career. 

Graduates of the program will work as administrators, managers, and supervisors in a wide-range of primary care settings and healthcare-focused organizations. As a student, you'll develop financial skills, explore health policy and advocacy, and learn how to use data and information to solve large-scale nursing problems.

Our program is designed to accommodate working nurses through a fully-online program and a low-residency program where students take later classes on campus. The program can be completed in one year or students can build their semesters around their schedules.

Why Choose D'Youville?

A Tradition of Educating Nursing Leaders

Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has a tradition for student-centered education and with faculty involved in private practice, research, and patient-advocacy the D'Youville nursing faculty is committed to keeping students current, relevant, and prepared for changing career environments. 

A Respected and Accredited Nursing School

A degree from D'Youville's CCNE-accredited Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing is a sign to employers that you've received instruction under rigorous standards and your credentials are a symbol of your hard work and potential.

A Mission of Service to the World Community

The nursing program at D'Youville reflects D'Youville's mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.

What you'll learn:

  • Financial skills to target healthcare issues from managing your healthcare team to completing budgets and performing audits
  • How to analyze information to solve organizational problems and ensure you are delivering quality care through cost-effective method
  • You'll complete 180 hours of hands-on fieldwork under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the real world

What Does A Career in Nurse Management Look Like?

Working nurses know there is a shortage of nurses around the world and that shortage is reflected in a fast-growing need for educated and prepared nursing leadership. D’Youville's program was designed by practicing faculty to fill that need.

A Nursing Leader and Manager's Role

Nurse managers are the leaders of nursing teams and play pivotal roles in supporting, recruiting, and managing nursing employees. Since nurse managers have experience as practicing nurses they are uniquely qualified to understand the demands of a primary care environment and balance administrative and staff decisions while ensuring patients receive superior care.

Graduates with an MS degree in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership work as managers, administrators, and directors in various healthcare fields from hospitals to nursing homes to becoming independent contractors.

Career Outlook


Demand for nursing leaders and managers is expected to mirror a strong demand for registered nurses as an aging and active population, a rise in chronic conditions, and a new emphasis on preventive care increases healthcare needs.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the master of science degree in nursing management and quality leadership must present the following:

  1. Completed online graduate application for admission (no application fee).
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario).

    * Students must apply separately for the MBA to this concurrent program.

  3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended. Non - U.S. students must submit ‘course-by-course’ evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  5. An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, earned more than five years ago, with an overall G.P.A. less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7, who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  7. A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  8. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a graduate nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.

Courses and Curriculum

The 30-credit Master of Science in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership curriculum is designed to provide the robust skills and necessary leadership skills for graduates to move into management positions in their careers.

Find detailed course information for the Master of Science in Nursing Management and Quality Leadership program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements
Number Name Credits
NUR-600 Theory Development in Nursing Research 3
NUR-601 Research Methods in Nursing 3
NUR-613 Nursing Leadership and Communication 3
NUR-614 Financial Management for Nurse Leaders 2
NUR-615 Nurse Leadership Practicum 3
NUR-621 Healthcare Quality and Safety 2
NUR-626 Nursing Informatics 2
NUR-622 Scholarly: Generating and Assessing Research 4
NUR-650 Nursing & Organizational Leadership 3
NUR-651 Health Policy & Advocacy for Nurse Leaders 3
NUR-652 Population Health & Outcomes 2
Total Credits   30