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Master of Science in Nursing: Executive Leadership Track


Take a High-Level Approach to Improving Care

Learn leadership tools and techniques that support superior patient care.

The online Master of Science in Nursing in Executive Leadership from Saint Xavier University offers you the managerial skills, administrative expertise and critical thinking ability to lead a nursing department or unit.

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Top 10 Online Graduate Nursing Program
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Program Length

2.5 Years

Credit Hours


Start Date

August 22, 2022


Tuition Per Credit Hour: $750
Credit Hours to Complete: 35
Approximate Cost: $26,250


 Course Descriptions

Improve Systems and Patient Outcomes

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:

  • Assessing and implementing quality and safety protocols and measurements
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning for workforce, technology and equipment needs
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Conflict management

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

  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospices

A Top-Ranked Nursing Program

Saint Xavier University is a Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education as designated by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

To achieve COE status, a nursing school must demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

Currently, SXU is one of about 80 institutions in the United States to receive this distinction and one of eight schools to be re-designated four times.

National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education Distinction

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation

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

Because of the rigorous standards necessary to earn and maintain accredited status, CCNE-accredited nursing schools like SXU's School of Nursing give prospective students greater confidence in the education they will receive. Earning a nursing degree from a CCNE-accredited program will also assure employers of the value of your education.

Ranked as a Top 10 Online Graduate Nursing Program (2022) by U.S. News World Report for the past nine consecutive years.

These distinctions help give you 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.

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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 graduateadmissionFREESXU for more information.

Please view our admission requirements for more information on the application process and admission requirements.

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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.
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.

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