Take your career in nursing leadership to a new level through the Master of Science in Nursing online degree program at Mercyhurst University.

Designed with the working, BSN-educated nurse in mind, the innovative Integrative Nursing Leadership (inLEAD) curriculum at Mercyhurst prepares you for roles as a nursing supervisor or health care administrator. 

Drawing from the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, who established Mercyhurst nearly a century ago on the values of compassion, service, respect, and integrity, we strive to educate mindful, merciful, compassionate nurse leaders.

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An Integrative Nursing Approach to Leadership

Without a doubt, the nursing profession, while rewarding, can be stressful. With a Master of Science in Nursing, you will be prepared to help your organization directly address stress for nurses.

In the recent past, health care has focused on treating specific conditions or ailments rather than on the overall well-being of the people seeking care. Similarly, there has been a tendency to overlook the well-being of nurses caring for patients. This model can lead to poor outcomes and experiences for patients, as well as high levels of burnout and low levels of job satisfaction for nurses. 

Through the Master of Science in Nursing program at Mercyhurst, you’ll be introduced to an emerging model of care that is person-centered and compassionate — a concept extended to working nurses and not just patients.

For instance, through the master’s in nursing leadership program, you’ll learn various techniques intended to enable self-care and resilience. Techniques such as these will help you to cultivate self-awareness and compassion for yourself and to allow you to extend the same kind of compassion and mercy to others. 

Why choose an online Master of Science in Nursing? 

With the flexibility of Mercyhurst’s 100% online master’s in nursing leadership, you can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace while maintaining the flexibility you need for your career, family, and other responsibilities. You’ll be prepared to: 

  • Apply professional reflections, knowledge, skills, and attitudes into purposeful integrative nursing practices to improve health, well-being, and resiliency of self and others. 
  • Develop communication and nursing leadership skills to advocate for policies that improve public health and the nursing profession. 
  • Incorporate knowledge of new technologies, outcomes data, and health care economics into fiscally responsible decision-making in the delivery of safe and effective care.
  • Utilize translational scholarship to integrate evidence into clinical practice to improve health outcomes of diverse populations across the continuum of care. 
  • Demonstrate critical decision-making when assessing health care needs and cultivate partnerships to meet these needs in innovative, collaborative, ethical, cost-effective ways.

Master of Science in Nursing Program Overview

  • Options: Master’s degree (MSN)
  • Location(s): 100 percent online
  • Credits: 32
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months
  • Cost: $425 per credit; $14,025 total
  • Deadline: Rolling admissions
  • Start term(s): Fall, Spring, or Summer semester

Master of Science in Nursing Financial Aid

While we offer a competitively priced program to help you advance your nursing leadership career, there are options available to help you defray the costs of your master’s in nursing leadership degree. Learn more about available financial aid for graduate programs including:

  • Graduate Assistant (GA) positions
  • Graduate Employment (GE) positions
  • Veteran benefits
  • Employer reimbursement
  • Federal direct loans

You may also be eligible for corporate partner tuition pricing if you are a nurse employed with the Allegheny Health Network or UPMC. Mercyhurst alumni are also eligible for special tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program. 

Master of Science in Nursing Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Master of Science in Nursing online program, you must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (must be conferred)
  • An unencumbered RN license (any state)
  • Completed (free) online application
  • All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions
  • One recommendation from a supervisor or faculty member

What can you do with a master’s in Integrative Nursing Leadership? 

It’s no secret that the job market for health care professionals is growing at a fast pace. Medical and health service management occupations are expected to grow by 32% through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, nursing occupations are expected to grow by 7% over the same time period. 

Whether you currently occupy a position of leadership in nursing or want to advance your career, a master’s in nursing leadership can help. Upon completing the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for and earn the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.

Become a better nursing leader.

Complete your Master of Science in Nursing online to help take your career and your organization to the next level. 

Apply Today

Submit your online application today for the Master of Science in Integrative Nursing Leadership at Mercyhurst University.

Explore Financial Aid

You have options to help pay for your Master of Science in Nursing degree. Visit our Graduate Cost and Financial Aid webpage or contact us at or 814-824-3351.

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Do you want to learn more about how a Master of Science in Nursing degree can help you? Complete this brief form to get more information. 

The 32-credit Integrative Nursing Leadership MSN curriculum is designed with working professionals in mind. All courses are offered online and you’ll complete one course per eight-week Mini (half-semester) term, never taking more than one course at a time—and you’ll earn your MSN in two years! The full-time option is also available, allowing for MSN completion in one year. 

The MSN program requires completion of 32 credits. All courses can be completed online.

  • NURS 500: Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations of Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 508: Fostering Resilience (3 credits)
  • OL 502: Leadership & Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • NURS 504: Health Concerns of Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)
  • NURS 573: Quality, Safety & Value in Health Care (4 credits)
  • NURS 600: Transforming Health Care: Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
  • NURS 611: Health Care Finance & Economics (3 credits)
  • NURS 506: Nurse as Scholar: Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 604: Health Care Policy Analysis & Advocacy (3 credits)
  • NURS 677: Integrative Nursing Capstone (4 credits)
Are you an RN who still needs to earn an BSN? Our blended program combines asynchronous online nursing courses with occasional synchronous class meetings, which you can attend either on our Erie campus (Tuesday or Thursday evenings) or online via webcam. Learn More.

Contact Us

Judy Stanley, DHSc., RN, CNE
Program Director, Graduate Nursing
Phone: 814-824-2908
Office: Motherhouse 691

Colleen Hordych
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2297