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Explore the Master of Science in Nursing, with a focus in Nursing Administration, at NMSU Online

NMSU offers the only Master of Science in Nursing Administration program in the state. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), NMSU’s online MSN degree program provides a unique focus on quality improvement in nursing administration. 

Career preparation. Students enrolled in the online master’s in nursing administration program develop the knowledge and experience needed for leadership positions and administrative roles in a wide range of healthcare systems. Nursing MSN graduates are fully prepared for middle- and top-level jobs in nursing administration in all types of healthcare agencies and facilities.

Key learning outcomes. In NMSU’s online Master’s in Nursing Administration, students learn how to develop quality improvement programs and projects; apply leadership skills in a healthcare setting with application and implementation of research cited in the literature for administration; and manage budgets and human relations as a nursing manager or administrative leader.

Sigma Theta Tau.The professional nursing honor society is Sigma Theta TauPi Omega is the local chapter affiliated with New Mexico State University. The purpose is to advance the nursing profession in areas of community involvement, education and current evidence-based practice. Local chapter membership consists of alumni, students, faculty and local community leaders. Professional nurses in the community are eligible for membership and encouraged to apply.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Degree type: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Focus Area: Nursing Administration

College: Health, Education and Social Transformation

Department: Nursing

Delivery formats: 100% online

Admission requirements: RN license, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course

Application: Apply today!

Program length: Full-time: 2 years (4 semesters, 1 summer session). Part-time: 3 years (6 semesters, 1 summer session).

Accredited by: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Cost per credit hour:  $444.40*†

Active military cost per credit hour: $250.00*†

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights

New Mexico State University has been providing high-quality nursing education for students since 1972, offering such programs as a doctorate in nursing practice, four-year pre-licensure BSN, an online RN to BSN for returning nurses and a second-degree option for individuals who already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline. Students pursuing an online master’s in nursing administration at NMSU will receive an excellent, well-rounded education in one of the nation’s best online MSN programs.


Hands-On Experience

While the nursing administration master’s degree program is fully online, students still have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork with a preceptor to plan, develop and propose implementation of a project. For example, one NMSU MSN student developed and implemented a very successful quality improvement project that was funded by her local health department. Students complete two courses for clinical and fieldwork in the community with preceptors. Students also have participated in policy forums with faculty as well as community leaders.

Simulated Patient Care

The Skills and Simulation Center in NMSU’s School of Nursing is an important and valuable asset for nursing student development and learning. Students use the labs throughout each semester to learn physical assessment and other hands-on skills. The Skills and Simulation Center also enhances the curriculum by integrating the nursing process with simulated patient-care scenarios.

Learning Resources

NMSU’s Grants, Alamogordo and Las Cruces campuses have high-fidelity manikins that provide nursing students with a fully immersive experience in a realistic setting. The Las Cruces campus also has a high-fidelity Sim baby and a birth simulator manikin. Realistic patient scenarios using manikins and standardized patients have been created by experienced nursing faculty to maximize learning within a safe and supportive environment. Online MSN degree students also have access to library services on campuses as well as to academic assistance from the Graduate Nursing Advisor. MSN nursing program instructors provide highly interactive learning with students via telecommunications, including Zoom.

Quick Facts

  • NMSU’s fully online Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) received national accreditation from CCNE in 2014.
  • In 2020 ranked the NMSU School of Nursing among the best nursing schools in New Mexico.

What can you do with an MSN in Nursing Administration degree from NMSU Online?

NMSU Online graduates with a Master of Nursing Administration degree are well-prepared for leadership roles in the field of healthcare.

Career positions include director of nursing, unit level manager/supervisor, administrator on duty, quality improvement coordinator and more. NMSU nursing graduates currently hold such positions as Director of Nursing at the Las Cruces Rehabilitation Center; Director of Education at Memorial Medical Center; and Director of Nursing at Presbyterian Hospital, Rio Rancho.

Top employers who hire NMSU MSN in nursing administration graduates include Memorial Medical Center, Mountainview Regional Medical Center, UNM Hospital, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center and many others.

Graduate Study

Students who graduate with an MSN degree can consider advanced study to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at NMSU.  The DNP prepares individuals to assume advanced nursing practice roles in the focal areas of family practice, psychiatric/mental health and adult/geriatric nursing. The DNP program emphasizes evidenced-based practice and the translation of research into practice as it relates to improving the care of individuals, families, groups and communities experiencing or at risk for health disparities.

MSN in Nursing Administration Curriculum

The School of Nursing offers graduate coursework for nurses leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a specialization in Nursing Administration. This online MSN degree is designed to equip nurses with the knowledge and experience to move into positions of leadership throughout healthcare delivery systems.



The online MSN degree course of study leading to an MSN in Nursing Administration requires students to satisfactorily complete 30-32 course credits and a final MSN project and paper.


Nursing administration master’s degree students study with top NMSU nursing faculty. NMSU’s geographic location along the United States / Mexico border and our diverse student population enables the School of Nursing to provide all students with outstanding classroom learning and clinical experiences, both in acute care and community-based.

Top classes for MSN, Nursing Administration

Here’s a sampling of courses offered in the MSN in Nursing Administration program:

  • Quality Improvement for Healthcare Leaders
  • Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Management of Human and Fiscal Resources in Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Healthcare Leaders

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