What will I learn?

Fairfield University's Masters in Nursing Leadership is an advanced education nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn to address the future demands in the field, such as needs of an aging population, chronic illness management, health promotion and disease prevention, and integrated healthcare leadership. Additionally, graduates of the program will provide leadership at all levels of healthcare to move organizations toward evidence-based systems of care, to produce better patient outcomes.

The Masters in Nursing Leadership is the perfect degree for graduate nurses who do not wish to be nurse practitioners but want to maximize career options in dynamic healthcare environments in nursing leadership roles, including management, clinical nurse leaders, nurse navigators, care coordinators (trauma and stroke), hospital education, adjunct clinical faculty, quality improvement, risk management, and a variety of newly emerging roles.

Career & Professional Opportunities

As a graduate of the Masters in Nursing Leadership alumni assume many nursing leadership roles, including:

Unit-based Clinical Nurse Leader (many hospitals around the country are developing roles specifically for Nursing Leadership graduates)

  • Manager
  • Case manager
  • Charge nurse
  • Quality improvement professional
  • Clinical Educator
  • Faculty positions in the clinical setting and classroom
  • Team leaders
  • Directors
  • Hospital administrator

Which department am I in?

Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

Study options

Full Time (38 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $875 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

1073 North Benson Road,



6824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for the Master of Arts degree must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.67 is strongly recommended.

For international students

Applicants for the Masters in Nursing Leadership Track must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). A quality point average of 3.0 or higher is preferred. RN applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to complete select prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the MSN program.

IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 80, a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language is the preferred documentation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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