Health Services Leadership and Management

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‌When your career goals are to lead in health care or to become a nurse educator, you need hands-on experience to develop the necessary skills to be successful in today’s health care environment.

Our Master of Science specialty in Health Services Leadership and Management offers leading-edge courses, personalized mentorship, and individual placements in a practicum that supports your career goals and takes you beyond your current place of employment to push you to refine advanced administration skills. Placements are with leaders at hospitals and health care systems, universities and community colleges, national and state agencies, and more.

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Live in one of the yellow states? You may be eligible to pay Maryland in-state tuition for this program.

Through an agreement with the Academic Common Market, you may be eligible to pursue this degree at UMSON at an in-state tuition rate. Our faculty will help place you at a practicum site convenient to you.

How the Program Works

As a student in this program, you’ll complete master's core courses and the Health Services Leadership and Management core courses. Following completion of the core courses, you’ll concentrate on one of three focus areas:

  • Leadership and Management: a customized plan of study that allows you to support your personal career goals by defining and honing the skills you need to succeed in a variety of health care settings and roles
  • Education: a way to maximize your career goals by creating a dual pathway to advancement; you’ll focus on the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a nurse leader and as a clinical instructor or faculty member, because you never know where your career might take you. You may want to pursue a position as a nurse manager now, but eventually you may want to pursue options beyond the clinical setting.
  • Business: a dual MS/MBA option that allows you to blend your health care background with business skills and expertise, positioning you to manage the business of health care as an administrator in a health care system and for senior management-level decision-making on financial, strategic planning, resource management, and governance issues
    • Your MS will be awarded by the University of Maryland, Baltimore; your MBA will be awarded by the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business or the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business.
    • This dual degree requires 66-72 credits and can be completed in two years of rigorous, full-time, year-round study or part time over as many as seven years.

What You’ll Do

  • Leadership and Management: You’ll be prepared to lead patient care teams in a variety of health care settings, such as acute care, ambulatory, long-term, or home health care. As part of that role, you’ll support positive change in the health care industry and collaborate with other health care professionals and managers to maximize patient and organizational outcomes.
  • Education: You’ll be prepared to serve as both a manager or administrator of health care services and a clinical instructor in a health care setting or faculty member in an academic setting. You might also contribute to professional development in a clinical setting, for example as an education coordinator in a hospital.
  • Business: Your business background prepares you to contribute to the development of new approaches to providing health care services. You might work in finance, marketing, or HR within a health care organization or serve as the director of operational services, a finance officer, a chief nursing officer, or a consultant. Learn more about the dual MS/MBA option.

Online Overview

Online Program Overview

  • The master's core courses and HSLM specialty courses are offered online. Electives may also be taken online, although some face-to-face options may be available.
  • Our faculty members are fully committed to distance learning. Students will receive individual attention from their assigned advisors and communicate with them via telephone or email.
  • For the required practicum, you and your advisor arrange a mutually agreeable site.
  • We understand that online learning is not for everyone. If you want to explore your potential for distance learning and examine our resources for this method of learning, visit the online learning page.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.

Sample Plan of Study

See a sample plan of study for the dual MS/MBA option.

Master's Core Courses*
Course Title Credits
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Leadership & Management Core Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
  Total 17
HSLM Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
  Total 9
HSLM Education Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS 787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 791 Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS XXX Elective** 3
  Total 9
  Total Credits 38

*Students should select a focus (HSLM or HSLM Education) for their electives.

**Students admitted Fall 2016 and before are required to take NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professionals in place of the elective.

MS Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines


  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • successful completion of a course in elementary statistics or nursing research
  • successful completion of a physical assessment course, except for applicants to:
    • Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA)
    • Health Services Leadership and Management
    • Nursing Informatics.

Application Materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to, or by mail.

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:

One recommendation. Your recommendations must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in January
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in August

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.