Master of Science in Nursing

MSN in Executive Leadership

Top-ranked online nursing

Ranked a Top 5 online MSN for the past 7 years

Affordable Quality Education

various discounts on offer under expert faculty guidance

Online 14-week semesters

Work at your own pace with flexible learning opportunities

Advance your nursing career

acquire additional skills to enhance your job satisfaction

Take a High-Level Approach to Improving Care

Learn leadership tools and techniques that support superior patient care. The Master of Science in Nursing in Executive Leadership at Saint Xavier University offers you the managerial skills, administrative expertise and critical thinking ability to lead a nursing department or unit.

                  Executive Leadership MSN track

There is a critical need for skilled administrative leaders with graduate nursing degrees. The online MSN executive track gives you the ability to impact and improve systems and processes to improve patient outcomes.

Coursework prepares you for the Nurse Executive, Board Certification exam (NE-BC) and the Nurse Executive, Advanced Board Certification exam (NEA-BC) upon completion of administrative employment.

The Executive Leadership curriculum covers all major administrative and organizational aspects of nursing practice, including:

The curriculum in this online nursing master's degree program is applicable to executive nursing careers in all health care settings, such as:

A Top Ranked Nursing Program

"I didn't have to choose between time with my family, work responsibilities, or school. I could really do [the coursework] at times that were convenient for me."
-- Jordan Ferris, '18, MSN in Executive Leadership

U.S. News & World Report Ranked SXU a Top 5 Online Graduate Nursing Program for 2020.

In 2018, the National League for Nursing (NLN) designated the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Division as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the fourth consecutive time.

In addition, the master's and baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

These distinctions help give you the confidence in the professional nursing development you will experience as a student at Saint Xavier University, and they will demonstrate the full value of your degree to employers, peers, and patients.

"The engagement of the faculty was really impressive. The instructors were able to ask questions that made you dig deeper into concepts. They were also able to give individual support. I felt that they really wanted me to succeed. It was clear to see that each of the faculty not only had a strong understanding of the content, but they were able to relate it to real life experiences."
Kelli Buckley '19, MSN in Executive Leadership

Program Highlights

program length
2.5 years
credit hours
start dates
August 24, 2020
estimated cost
Tuition Per Credit Hour: $750 
Credit Hours to Complete: 35 
Approximate Cost: $26,250


Learn About Your Future as a Nurse Leader

Choose a program that nurtures your executive leadership development: Learn more about the MSN in Executive Leadership from SXU.

A 20-percent clinical partner tuition discount can be taken advantage of by students enrolled in SXU’s graduate program who are employed (40 hours per pay period) in a clinical setting.

Please speak with a graduate admissions counselor at 773-298-3053 or for more information.


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