Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

Program Objectives

Rutgers College of Nursing offers a Master's of Science degree in Nursing Leadership. A Post-Baccalaureate DNP and Post-Masters DNP degree in Nursing Leadership are also available.

Masters study takes students from the baccalaureate-prepared generalist to the specialist in nursing leadership. This is a great option for the individual who wants to be the front line manager in any healthcare setting. This option also creates an excellent bridge to the Post-Masters Doctorate with a leadership focus.


Students entering the master's program in nursing are required to have successfully completed a descriptive/inferential statistics course.

Duration of Study

MS students complete the degree program in 15 months with full-time study and two to three years with part-time study. The maximum allowable time for program completion according to College of Nursing policy is seven years.

Student Advisement

Upon admission to the College of Nursing Graduate Program, students are assigned a faculty advisor. Every attempt is made to identify someone with similar interests. The faculty advisor will work with the student to determine their progression through the program of study. Students should contact their faculty advisor for advisement prior to registration each semester.

Where do the courses meet?

Many graduate nursing courses are online. Some require in-person meetings a few times during the semester and others meet face-to-face each week.

Each semester's nursing course offerings can be accessed on the Rutgers University Schedule of Classes ;by choosing both "Newark" and/or "Newark Online" as the Campus Location, "Graduate" as the Level of Study, then the appropriate "Semester Term."

Taking a Semester Off

Taking a semester off is possible. If you do not plan to register for courses during a regular semester (spring or fall), you must register for "Matriculation Continued" by contacting the graduate program coordinator in the Office of Student Services to obtain a special permission number. Registering for Matriculation Continued allows you to retain active student status for a nominal student fee. There is no tuition for this type of registration however failure to maintain matriculation will result in forfeiture of your status as a College of Nursing graduate student and may require review of your academic record for readmittance to the graduate program.