Master of Science in Nursing - Health Systems Management (HSM)

The Master of Science in Nursing program with a major in Health Systems Management (HSM) prepares nurses for leadership positions across the complex and dynamic health care continuum. The program emphasizes content from all nurse executive competency domains (AONE, 2011) including communication and relationship building, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership skills, professionalism, and business skills. Students build a systems thinking approach to patient care, starting with clinical microsystems as a building block. The use of evidence to shape decisions is emphasized through coursework in nursing informatics, decision support, business planning, and outcomes and care transitions management.

Nursing Leadership Preparation

Graduates of the HSM program are prepared for a variety of nursing leadership roles including nurse manager, clinical microsystem leader, case manager, quality improvement specialist, and program or project manager. Coupled with appropriate experience, graduates may be prepared for advanced roles in nursing informatics, or as a nursing director or executive. Those with requisite experience may be eligible to seek certification in case management, nursing informatics, or as a nurse executive.

Program Requirements and Delivery

The MSN degree with the HSM major requires 38 credits and 268 internship and clinical hours. The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to enroll in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student’s home to complete the required HSM Internship experience. Full-time and part-time options are available for degree completion. The Master of Science in Nursing
Degree is conferred at the completion of program requirements.

 Graduate Nursing Program Objectives

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program achieve the following terminal objectives:

  1. Demonstrate own professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master's level.
  2. Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
  3. Integrate informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.
  4. Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development, and patient advocacy.
  5. Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic, and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.

Admission Criteria for the Master of Science in Nursing Program

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  3. A minimum of 2000 hours of experience as a registered nurse.
  4. An unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse.
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  6. Three letters of professional recommendation with at least one from someone in supervisory capacity.
  7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
  8. An interview with graduate faculty.

Note: A GRE may be required for any student petitioning for admission to the program with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0.

Curricular Plan

InterProfessional Core:

HLH 5700  Health Care Policy & Delivery Issues (3cr.)

HLH 5500  Research Methods in Health Care (3 cr.)

HSA 5010: Accounting Principles for Health Services Professionals (3 cr.)

HSA 5020: Financial Management for Health Services (3 cr.)

 Intraprofessional Core:

NUR 5020: Theoretical Found. of Nursing Practice (3cr.)

NUR 5030: Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice (2 cr.)

NUR 5055: Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement, & Informatics for Adv. Nursing Practice (3 cr.)

NUR  5350: Outcomes Management & Decision Support in Nursing (3 cr.)

NUR 5420:  Mgmt of the Healthcare Environment (2 cr.)

NUR 5450:  Business Planning for Nurse Leaders (2 cr.)

NUR 5650: Population Health & Care Transitions Management (3 cr.)

NUR 5830: Leadership & Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems (3 cr.)

Specialty Core

NUR 5170 Management & Leadership in Nursing   (2 cr.)

NUR 5900 Health Systems Management Internship (3cr.)

 Total        38 cr.

Full-time and Part-time Options

The McAuley School of Nursing is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full and part-time options for degree completion. Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. Additionally, the program is offered online with course meetings scheduled in the evening to accommodate working adults.  The master of science degree in nursing is conferred at the completion of the program requirements.

A note to online students:

It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board at

Certificate Options

Certificate options are available for those who wish to receive advanced specialty education without the completion of an entire Master’s program. These certificates are available to those who already have a Master’s degree, as well as those with a BSN desiring specialty knowledge in the areas of Outcomes Performance Management and Nursing Leadership and Financial Management. These specialty certificates can be obtained after completing the 15-16 credits required for the certificate. Those completing a certificate may choose to apply earned credits from certificate coursework towards the completion of a Master’s in Nursing degree in Health Systems Management.

Those who have completed the certificate program or the HSM program are eligible to sit for the certification examination in Nursing Administration administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Case Manager certification exam administered by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) if other certification requirements are met (e.g. 2 yr. experience requirement in the role).


  • For more information about the program, please contact Julia Stocker Schneider, PhD, RN at or (313) 731-2097.  
  • For questions about the application and admissions process, please contact Karin LaRose-Neil at or (313) 578-0358.