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Online Graduate Nursing Degree

Nurse Manager and Leader, Master of Science

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The Nurse Manager and Leader, Master of Science program at CSU Pueblo prepares students to obtain advanced positions in their respective fields. Nurse managers and leaders are involved in a healthcare facility's high-level operations, strategic planning, and long-term vision. Pursuing a Nurse Manager and Leader degree opens up opportunities of advancing into positions with more leadership responsibilities, such as directors, coordinators, and chief nursing officers.
At a Glance
  • Next Start Date June 10
  • Credits 34
  • Length Term: 8 weeks
  • Format Online
  • Tuition $550/credit hour
  • Complete In 2 - 5 years

"The faculty proves every semester that they are dedicated to promoting nurses to an advanced level. The faculty will know you by name, give you real help, in real-time because they are focused on empowering the students."

Charlie Cobb '21

Program Details

The Nurse Manager and Leader, MSN degree program requires a total of 34 credits, including a
mix of general education courses, core courses, technical courses, and specialized science and computer courses.

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    NSG 505: Biostatistics and Research

    CIS 565: Management Information Systems

    MGMT 520: Management of Organizational Behavior

    ACCTG 510: Managerial Accounting

    MGMT 540: Managing Human Resources

    NSG 512: Research and Evidence-Based Practice

    NSG 548: Healthcare Ethics, Law, and Policy

    FIN 350: Financial Management

    MKTG 540: Marketing Management 

    NSG 594: Nurse Manager/Leader Field Experience

    NSG 571: Healthcare Informatics

    NSG 688: Nurse Manager and Leader Capstone

Upon completion of your Nurse Manager and Leader degree, you will be able to:

  • Integrate evidence-based practice, ethical decision making and technology into advanced nursing practice.
  • Utilize interprofessional collaboration to provide safe, quality patient-centered care.
  • Explore quality improvement initiatives that affect delivery of advanced nursing practice and health care services.


As a public and non-profit university, CSU Pueblo partners with you to make your education affordable. CSU Pueblo offers one affordable tuition rate, regardless of residency. 

Construction Management Tuition Rate: $550 per credit hour/$575 per credit hour for business courses



Everyone deserves affordable education. That is why we offer a number of scholarships to help you achieve your education goals.


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Learning can lead to earning. Discover where a degree in the Nurse Manager & Leader degree might take you and make informed choices about your future in education.


Diverse Industries:

  • Chief Nurse Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Hospital Chief Operating Officer
  • Dean of Nursing

Applications for the Nurse Manager and Leader degree are accepted year-round. The admission requirements are the following:


Transfer Students: Transfer applicants are degree-seeking students who, at the time of application, have completed
a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework. Remedial courses and concurrent enrollment courses (courses
taken while in high school) do not count toward the total credit count.

Admission Standards: CSU Pueblo is a moderately selective institution, and we are committed to providing access
to a 4-year college degree to any student is who academically prepared. We look at several factors to determine your
preparation, including your cumulative college GPA and the courses you have taken at your previous institutions. In
general, students with at least a 2.3 cumulative transfer GPA who have successfully completed all basic skill course-
work will be admitted to CSU Pueblo. Students who have not yet completed their basic skills courses or who have a
GPA below a 2.3 are still encouraged to apply, and may be admitted on a probationary status.

  • The Nurse Manager and Leader, Master of Science Online Program is flexible and offers year-round, open enrollment. Individuals seeking to admission into the program must provide the following: 
    • Nursing License: Applicants must have a Colorado Nursing License in good standing.
    • Baccalaureate Degree: Students must have satisfactorily completed a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by a regional accreditation agency or equivalent.
    • Grade Point Average:Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to get accepted into the program.
    • Statistics Coursework: Students must have passed at least one undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of C or higher.
    • Background Check: Per Colorado Law, the University is required to run a background check on applicants.
    • Immunization Record: Applicants must provide the latest record of vaccinations received 
    • COVID – 19 Vaccination Memo
    • CPR Certification: All students registered in graduate nursing programs are required to provide proof of being CPR Certified.
    • Letters of Recommendation:Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from the following areas (professional or academic, clinical, other)
    • Letter of Intent: The letter must include a brief history of self, the reason for pursuing the degree, and plan of how the applicant will manage the program course load.

Curriculum Vitae: Candidates must submit a CV in the University-Approved template.


How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges which
the student has attended. Once the application and transcripts have been received, students will receive an admission
decision. Send official transcripts:


By mail at Colorado State University Pueblo:
Office of Admissions
2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, CO, 81001


CSU Pueblo Online offers quality higher education instruction to students across the nation. With years of
combined faculty experience, you will learn from experts in the field who will help you take your career to new heights.
Lisa smiling Lisa Persons RN, MSN, DNP Assistant Professor/Interim Undergraduate Program Coordinator


CSU Pueblo Online's Master of Science, Nurse Manager and Leader program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Learn more about this accreditation here.

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Frequently Asked Questions



    You may be qualified for one or more scholarships offered by CSU Pueblo. You must have an updated FAFSA on file with Student Financial Services. Visit the CSU Pueblo Online Resources page for a list of current scholarship opportunities.



    It is important to check your PAWS account regularly to ensure your aid and bill look correct. Student Financial Services is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is available via phone at 719.549.2753, email at, and take walk-ins.



    First, you'll need to complete our online application. Once all required documents are received, an admissions processor will begin reviewing your application. You should receive an admissions decision within two weeks of receipt of all required documents. For more information, contact our Enrollment Counselor at 719.549.2200

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