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Health Leadership

Offering unparalleled options to develop nurses for a variety of leadership roles, our program aligns a tailored plan of study with your career goals.

Program modality

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Our program

Our Health Leadership Master’s program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in areas such as project management, healthcare consulting, nursing education, public health, health policy, and healthcare quality improvement and safety.

In collaboration with you, program faculty design a course of study aimed at preparing you for a healthcare leadership role of your choosing. In addition to various electives, we emphasize leadership development, systems thinking, health policy, research, patient safety and quality improvement coupled with a course in which you have access to a variety of nursing leaders.


You will complete eight courses in the School of Nursing (two as Leadership electives) and four courses in any School within the University to enrich the interdisciplinary nature of your studies.

As a complement to this program, our students often pursue minors in Global Health, Nursing and Health Care Administration, Nursing Education, Organizational Dynamics in Healthcare, and Quality Improvement and Safety Processes In Healthcare or a certificate in Health Care Innovation.

We also offer a number of dual-degree programs with other renowned Penn Schools where you can combine an MSN with a Master’s in Healthcare Quality & Safety, Master’s in Public Health, Master’s in Bioethics, or a Master’s in Law.

Study options

Our curriculum may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. You can complete the program full-time in 12-15 months and part-time in approximately two years.