Systems Leadership


Why study Systems Leadership?

Health care is more complex than ever, and that complexity requires nurse leaders to have a solid, evidenced-based practice and decision-making framework to lead the design, implementation and evaluation of health care services offered to individuals, populations, and/or communities.

Unlike non-clinical-based graduate administration programs, our Systems Leadership MSN online program prepares graduates to leverage evidence-based practice and decision-making to:

  • Apply theories and analytics models in nursing administration and organizational management to nursing administration practice
  • Implement the best available evidence into practice for improved outcomes in health care, leadership and management practice
  • Use evidence to plan, manage and evaluate health care programs for individuals and populations in a variety of settings
  • Use change theories to manage complex issues in health care and leadership
  • Lead and support those providing care in health care settings

This flexible program is taught online asynchronously, which means you don’t need to be present for classes at specific times. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program and one year of work experience as a registered nurse. For more details, visit our Admissions page. 

Graduates of this specialty meet educational requirements to take exams for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Organization of Nurse Leaders as a Nurse Executive (NE-BC), Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) or Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML), or in Executive Nursing Practice Essentials (CENPE).

Systems leaders often work in hospital or health care systems and in community settings and take on a wide breadth of responsibility related to clinical care delivery, quality improvement, legal and regulatory compliance, financial and human resource management, health policy advocacy and more.

Application Deadlines

For application deadlines, visit our Admissions page.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For accreditation information specific to the College of Nursing, visit our Accreditation page. 

Contact Information

Graduate Programs
3110 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
(513) 558-3600

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Program Code: 29MAS-NADM-MSN-.NADM-DL