McGurrin and Leahy Halls

Executive Nurse Leadership, MSN

Program Overview

Program Overview

Our Master of Nursing in Executive Nurse Leadership (ENL) prepares students for careers as nurse executives, where they will be leaders in a variety of health care settings. 

The program integrates courses from the University's health administration and human resources programs and delivers the clinical knowledge and administrative skills necessary for students to succeed as advanced practice nurses.


The 30-credit program emphasizes content in organization and financial management, and knowledge and skills needed to exert a leadership role in health care and nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the increasing complexity and evolution within the health care field.

We offer the program in a hybrid format, with some of the courses online and some face to face on campus, which meet weekly.

With this mixture of online and on campus courses, students have the best of both worlds:

  • the ability to meet weekly with faculty and classmates
  • the flexibility of some online courses.  

The program includes a 125-hour clinical practicum experience in a health care leadership setting arranged by faculty, which can be close to your home.

Employment Opportunities

The Executive Nurse Leadership program will prepares students for careers in:

  • hospitals
  • community health and rehabilitation centers
  • managed care organizations
  • insurance firms
  • home health care agencies
  • nursing homes and hospices

Nurses with a master's degree who have executive or management titles in acute care hospitals earned between $90,000 and $149,000 annually, according to a 2016 survey by the American Organization of Nursing Leadership.

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