Indiana State Online

Nursing: Nursing Administration M.S.


Indiana State University offers the master of science (M.S.) with a nursing administration concentration for students who are interested in advancing their education or careers to assume leadership roles in diverse health care and organizational settings.

  • The master of science is a 35-38 credit program that varies in length depending on the culminating experience course selected at the conclusion of the program.
  • All courses are offered online and clinical placements can be arranged by the student in the state(s) they are licensed. On-campus visits are not required.
  • The program can be completed in 2½-3 years with part-time study; however students are required to complete the program in 3-5 years.

Graduates of this program are qualified specialists having expertise to utilize a wealth of administration and executive skills to assume first-line, middle management, and leadership roles in diverse health care settings.

Knowledge and skills attained through this program include an emphasis in the following areas to meet the ANCC and AONE certification competencies:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Knowledge of the Clinical Practice Environment
  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource and Relationship Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Health Information Technology and Informatics
  • Health Care Policy Evaluation

In applying these skills, instructors encourage students to be innovative and evidence-based in their approach to nursing to support the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.

As leaders in nursing education, research, and community engagement, ISU faculty have a collective vision to nurture innovation as we chart our path for the future. Our primary goal is to support our students in becoming an integral part of our learning community to address society's need for caring, knowledgeable, and scientifically well-prepared, nurse professionals. By building upon and expanding our students' knowledge and skills as professional registered nurses, the family nurse practitioner concentration prepares graduates to meet the ANCC and AANP certification competencies.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered on-line. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

For admission requirements, visit Nursing Administration.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Graduate Nursing Program (renamed the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing in 2008) at Indiana State University admitted its first students in 1986. It has maintained continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) since 1989.

Application Instructions:

For application instructions and deadlines, visit Nursing Administration.

Fees & Expenses:

Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a clinical/program fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.

Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

The Department of Advanced Practice Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.

Further Information:

Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Indiana State University
Landsbaum Center, Room 222
1-888-293-4842, option 3
Fax: 812-237-8939

For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

Note: Graduate nursing programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York, or international students.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.