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Lead in any health care setting

Earn a master of science in nursing, education and leadership

  • 33 credits, available completely online
  • 15 months until completion if taking courses full time
  • Courses taken in 8- and 16-week sessions
  • No GRE or GMAT required 

Dually prepared for advancement in the health care field

The master of science in nursing with an education and leadership concentration program provides the opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and master the skills for both education and leadership. Capstone projects immerse students in both areas of concentration which prepare them to lead in a variety of health care roles and nursing education systems.


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Expert-led courses covering topics every nurse leader or educator needs

  • Learn to advocate for policies
  • Explore fiscally-responsible and sustainable measures
  • Create and evaluate curricular components
  • Address the role of community health on individual, community and population outcomes

View the full time plan of study, part time plan of study, or the course catalog

Accelerated option (MSN-DNP) also available - learn more!


Master of science in nursing student learner outcomes

Throughout the MSN graduate program, the master’s student will be involved in the process of becoming an advanced practice professional or a nurse leader and educator. Based on Essentials of MSN Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) , the master’s graduate is expected to:

  1. Incorporate primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention efforts in the care of individuals, families and communities.
  2. Demonstrate leadership and interdisciplinary skills in advocating for individuals, families, and communities to influence health care policy.
  3. Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team with organizations, populations and professional communities.
  4. Evaluate and modify approaches to health care delivery utilizing principles of continuous quality improvement.
  5. Assimilate ethical, legal, and practice standards from professional organizations into the practice setting to enable preparation for certification in a variety of advanced roles.
  6. Synthesize nursing, medical, and other relevant knowledge to engage in evidence-based practice.
  7. Recommend practice changes based on integration of the evidence with clinical expertise, patient preferences and available health care resources.
  8. Demonstrate leadership abilities in practice and actively assist others in professional growth.
  9. Analyze health care delivery and finance systems in order to design and implement cost containment and care coordinator strategies.
  10. Employ technology and information systems in the transformation of health care delivery.
  11. Develop a foundation for lifelong learning and doctoral studies. 

Loan Forgiveness Program

Carlow University is the proud recipient of a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration’s Nursing Faculty Loan Forgiveness Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate students in the DNP or MSN in education and leadership programs can have up to 85 percent of their student loans forgiven if they obtain a full-time-equivalent faculty position within one year of graduation. Read the full story.


Graduates are career-ready for a variety of health care roles

Graduates obtain positions in their disciplines with prominent employers such as Allegheny Health Network, Excela Health, UPMC, the UPMC Schools of Nursing, Westmoreland Community College, and Carlow University and many others.

Graduates from this program go on to have titles such as:

  • Director of the Emergency Department at a regional acute care facility
  • Director of Nursing at a large home care organization
  • Faculty in many nursing programs, including UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing, Carlow University, and many others
  • Regional Director of a branch of an insurance company 
  • Manager of Case Management Clinical Education Team at a large local suburban healthcare agency
  • Clinical Coordinator at Carlow University
  • Program Director of the graduate program at a local university
  • Chief Nursing Officer at Somerset Hospital