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Nursing Administration

Master of Science
  • 36 Credits
  • School of Nursing
  • Manhattan
  • Online
  • Westchester
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Nursing Administration Overview

Become a leader in today's complex and changing health care environment. A flexible program for part-time or full-time students to advance your career in nursing.

The Nursing Administration Program prepares nurse administrators for interprofessional practice in today's complex, changing, dynamic health care environment. Application of advanced nursing management principles is applied in the final practicum course.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the nursing administration program obtain leadership and management positions at hospitals and health care agencies including Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center and Visiting Nurse Service, among others.



20% Growth

Career Outcomes

Job growth expected to rise 20% through 2026*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

$110K Salary

Average Pay

For medical health service managers*

36 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Classes in health policy, strategic planning & health care delivery systems

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The Mercy Advantage

  • Full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Courses can be taken fully online
  • Alumni network of 64,000+
  • National accreditation by CCNE & NY Board of Regents & NY State Education Department
  • Students fulfill 120 hours practicum

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Master of Science program in nursing are: 

  1. Complete Mercy University application.
  2. Baccalaureate transcript with a nursing major from a professionally accredited program*
  3. GPA 3.0**
  4. Copy of current RN registration in the U.S.

*Eligible for the Bridge Program if student has obtained a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an associate degree in nursing. Contact the nursing program at 914-674-7866 if interested in the Bridge program.

**Students with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for admission. Student will meet (in-person or by phone) with the program co-director. For questions about admission requirements or questions in general, please contact the Nursing Program at (914) 674-7865.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Students who take one course per semester are considered part-time students. However, there is no official designation for part-time. Students do not have to notify their advisor if they wish to take more than one course per semester.

The entire graduate program can be taken in an online modality (asynchronous and hybrid). This means that some required courses are taught asynchronous online and other required courses are taught hybrid online (1/3 of the lectures are synchronous and 2/3 of lectures are taught asynchronously). Hybrid classes are associated with a specific day and time. The practicum course is taken in-person. 

All courses have an online component (discussions, e-mail, and submitting assignments). The nursing program offers hybrid classes for those students who do not want a completely online program. Hybrid classes meet in-person and online. In-person classes typically meet two times a month.

There is no specific deadline to apply to the Nursing Program at Mercy University. Applications are collected on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed for admission. Students are admitted into fall, spring, or summer semester. Semester admission depends on when the completed application was reviewed. Typically, students are admitted into the next semester, if courses have already begun. For example, your application is reviewed in early August, you are eligible for admission in the fall semester.

The nursing program will accept up to six credits from another graduate program if: the courses were taken within five years of admission date; received a B or better in the course; the course is pertinent to the plan of study. Transfer credits taken prior to admission are not computed in the quality point average.

Mercy University has partnered with Suburban Hospital Alliance member hospitals, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 1199 Local Heath Care Workers to bring affiliates discounted tuition rates of 15% at Mercy University. Learn more about the Suburban Hospital Alliance (http://suburbanhospitalalliance.org/member-hospitals/) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) (https://www.nysna.org/). Additional financial aid information can be found at the following link: http://www.n-e-f.org/.

If you are a permanent resident of another state, have an active RN license in that state and plan to do your clinical practicum experiences in that state, you will not have to obtain a New York State RN license UNLESS your State Board of Nursing does not permit students enrolled in programs out-of-state to do their practicum in their resident state. If you are not sure, you can check with the Clinical Coordinator at Mercy University.

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration degree is a 36-credit program that can be completed in: four semesters (15-month program - fall admit only); six semesters (2 courses/semester - fall, spring and summer); more than six semesters (dependent upon the number of courses taken each semester and when admitted).

The nursing program does not require GREs or MATs of admission consideration.

As of now, the 15-month program only begins in the fall semester. However, if you are admitted in the spring, you can take three courses each semester, if available.

Completing your MS in Nursing Administration requires a 120-hour practicum. Students are placed with a preceptor or mentor in an administrative area.

Students are able to apply with the Mercy University Graduate Application (mercy.edu/apply-now).

Program Details & Curriculum

Core: 15 Credits
Specialization: 21 Credits

Total: 36 Credits

For full list of courses see catalog.

The graduate nursing program is designed to prepare students in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education to:

  1. Assume leadership roles
  2. Support and engage in nursing research
  3. Contribute to the advancement of the nursing professions
  4. Participate in lifelong learning
  5. Collaborate with other disciplines to enhance the quality of healthcare
  6. Prepare for doctoral study


The master's degree in nursing at Mercy University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The master’s degree in nursing at Mercy University is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234

Upon admission students are assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser assesses the credit requirements necessary for completion of the program and to develop a long-term plan of study.

Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy University may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Transfer credits are limited to six credits taken within the last five years in which the student has received a grade of B or above. Transfer courses taken prior to admission will not be computed in the quality point average. 

Practicum is a 120-hour precepted experience in the student's specialty track - Education or Administration. Students should be in touch with their faculty advisor at least one semester before they are scheduled to begin. Students must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, to enroll in Practicum. 

Requirements include:

  1. Current malpractice insurance that extends through practicum period
  2. Current BCLS
  3. Copy of current NY State RN license verification from New York State Office of Professions website or any other State within the U.S.A. in which you will engage in the practicum experience*
  4. Completed background check and drug screen: Associated fees for these clearances must be paid by the student

*Please note: If your State Board or Nursing does not permit students enrolled in programs out-of-state to do their practicum in their resident state, you may be required to obtain a New York State RN license. 

The agency may request any/all of the following PRIOR TO starting the on-site practicum:

  1. Lab report with titers for MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  2. Proof mask fitting; vaccination for seasonal flu, T-Dap, Hepatitis B, pneumonia or declination; color vision screening. Note: some agency policies require mask use with flu declination. 
  3. Recent PPD or negative chest X-Ray or Quantiferon results
  4. HIPPA, infection control &/or corporate compliance education verification.

Students will upload the requisite documentation into CastleBranch.

It is recommended that you start assembling copies of lab values and documentation of necessary requirements. 

The program is designed for students to take six - nine credits per semester. The curriculum is organized into core courses and specialization courses. Specialization courses are offered prior to the practicum course. All courses are offered either onsite and online (hybrid) or online. 

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate's date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions may be made by the director of the program if students request:

  • Demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control
  • Circumstances that temporarily interference with the ability to complete the program on time

Program Outcome I - Technology

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills using patient care technologies and information management to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings. [I, IX, V, II]
  • Student will be able analyze care outcomes and communicate with individuals, groups, media, policy makers, health care professionals and the public.  [VI, VII, IV]

Program Outcome II- Research

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspectives using evidence based practices to improve health outcomes for patient aggregates. [VII, VI, IV, VIII]

Program Outcome III - Leadership

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and expertise in assessing organizations, identifying systems issues, and facilitating organization wide changes in practice delivery. [II, VII]
  • Student will be able to develop leadership skills to establish and maintain effective communication and collaborative relationships with interprofessional teams. [II, VII]

Program Outcome IV - Quality

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to analyze and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved, promote health, shape the health delivery system, and advance values such as social justice through policy processes and advocacy. [III, VI, VIII, IX]
  • Student will use quality improvement and high reliability organizational principles to measure the impact of plans of action. [III, IX, VIII]

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