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Nursing and Healthcare Administration

Drawing on the combined strengths of the top ranked School of Nursing, Wharton School of Business, and Organizational Dynamics Program at Penn, this program, rated number one by U.S. News and World Report, gives you an unparalleled opportunities to learn from the very best in the field.

Our Program

We know our students have wide ranging interests regarding the kind of administrative or leadership fields they’d like to pursue, so we tailor your educational plan to best suit your career goals. Generally, you’ll focus in one of three areas: operations management, healthcare consulting, or project management. In addition to coursework in leadership development, research, and systems thinking, we also cover financial management, strategic planning, quality improvement, and patient safety processes, all with an emphasis on administration in diverse healthcare settings. 


This program consists of eleven courses in nursing administration, one nursing leadership elective, and three elective courses from the Healthcare Management major at Wharton or the Organizational Dynamics Graduate Program in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Many students in our program elect to minor in related areas like Health Informatics, Organizational Dynamics, and Quality Improvement and Safety Processes in Healthcare, and some pursue a dual MSN/MBA degree.

And the end of your program, you’ll do a capstone administrative practicum to give you a chance to work with a nurse executive or consultant in your area of interest. Previous practicum sites have included the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), The Advisory Board Company (ABC), Independence Blue Cross (IBC), and Mainline Health Systems.

Study Options

A full-time plan of study is available, which can be completed in 18 months. Although you have five years to complete your degree, most students finish in two to three years. Students take electives in the Master in Law program and may also pursue either a certificate (4CUs) or dual degree.

Dual Degree Option

Students looking to expand their knowledge of health economics and health management may elect to also pursue an MBA in Health Care Management through Wharton, leading to an MSN/MBA


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll meet the educational eligibility requirements for national certification as a Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center (AONE). You’ll also have many employment opportunities, such as healthcare consulting, quality improvement, informatics, magnet coordination, or nursing management/executive positions, all in a variety of healthcare settings.