Shaping the Next Generation of Nurse Administrators
Online Nurse Leader Master of Science, Post-Graduate Certificate, & DNP Program for RNs


Many of today’s practicing nurses are eager to explore innovative options to advance their careers. UConn’s Nurse Leader online master’s or DNP degree programs will prepare baccalaureate RNs for career advancement in the increasingly important roles of nursing leadership and administration.

This advanced nursing practice specialty area launches the career of nurses who want to develop expertise in nursing administration but who do not want to become an advanced practice nurse (APN) serving a specific population.

UConn Online Nurse Leadership Master's Degree ProgramA nurse leader is a nurse who excels in their career path by providing administration in healthcare organizations. Those choosing the Nursing Administration & Leadership concentration choose indirect care roles or focus on areas of practice at the aggregate, systems or organizational level. Nurse leaders include seasoned nurses or healthcare administrators who are interested in refining their leadership skills. Nurse leaders are key to an organization’s success and directly impact many front-line caregivers and healthcare workers.

The Nurse Leader MS in Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, and DNP online programs will prepare you to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to lead in the appropriate healthcare setting.
  • Collaborate in and lead interprofessional teams to improve healthcare systems and client healthcare outcomes.
  • Develop personal goal-setting for professional development and life-long learning.
  • Become nationally certified by the American Organization for Nurse Leaders (AONL) as either a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) or Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).

Note: For those who may want to pursue a DNP degree in the future, two courses in the MS concentration can be applied toward UConn’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Application Deadline

Please submit application materials no later than:
April 15th


The Nurse Leader program accepts applications for entry beginning in mid-September and continue on a rolling basis. Rolling means completed applications are reviewed in the order they are received until the cohort is filled or the deadline of April 15. Please submit materials as early as possible; late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Entry to the Nurse Leader program occurs once a year, in the following fall semester.