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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.¹

Do you want to advance healthcare delivery and make a real difference for your organization and community? Whether you’re currently providing direct care or serving as a nurse leader, earning your MSN Nurse Executive degree from Walden can help you turn your aspirations into action. Become a role model and mentor for other nurses and a force for better patient outcomes.

An MSN leadership and management program prepares nurses to pursue leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings. With a Walden degree, you’ll be equipped with the next-level leadership skills you need to positively impact nursing practice. Our program is aligned with the Nurse Executive Competencies established by the Association of Nurse Leaders (AONL).

Why Choose Walden?


Unlock your inner leader and confidently share your ideas—so you can have a voice in how healthcare is delivered in your community.

Practicum Advantage

Get the support you need for a successful experience at all stages of your nursing practicum.

Pursue your passion

Gain deep knowledge and grow your expertise in high-demand practice areas by concentrating on one of two sub-specializations.


100% of our didactic faculty are nurse leaders who hold doctoral degrees.


Find inspiration and connection within our network of College of Nursing graduates—more than 36,500 alumni strong.


Interactive technologies, engaging case studies, and robust media and support materials bring classroom learning to life.


Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 5, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more. 

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Flexible Learning

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
Tempo Learning®
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree in 14 months for under $16,000 for select specializations.*

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* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your learning track, individual pace, and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time.

Personalized Practicum Support

Caroline SanchezWe know how valuable practicums are to your learning experience and career goals. That’s why we are committed to Practicum Advantage™—a collaborative process of coaching, resources, and self-help tools to help you identify local sites that match your needs.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN)

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 5, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more. 

Get Started Now

Program Outcomes

Become a Champion of Better Patient Care

In leadership, confidence is everything. Walden’s nursing administration MSN program focuses on engaging practice and realistic preparation to help embolden you for challenges beyond the classroom. Explore topics such as policy and advocacy, management strategy, finance, human resources, and quality management as you build the skills and poise to be an effective nursing leader.

Career Outloook

As the need for healthcare services grows over the next decade, organizations will require qualified nursing leaders to meet that demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% from 2020 to 2030.2

An MSN leadership and management degree can empower you to create extraordinary, effective solutions to today’s most critical healthcare challenges. Open new doors to your future and become the leader and changemaker you were always meant to be.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MSN-Nurse Executive program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Vincent Hall

    Vincent Hall

    Program Director

    As a program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program, Dr. Hall supervises MSN core courses as well as the Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing specializations. Dr. Hall serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee. He has been an RN for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for more than 30 years.

  • Jeanne Morrison

    Jeanne Morrison

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Morrison joined Walden in 2004 and serves as specialty coordinator for the MSN in Nurse Executive specialization. She is an RN with more than 25 years of teaching experience in educational settings that range from undergraduate to doctoral and traditional classroom to online learning.

  • Deborah Sullivan

    Debra Sullivan

    Senior Core Faculty

    In addition to teaching and mentoring at all degree levels, Dr. Sullivan has served in nurse leadership roles in academia, hospital administration and clinical areas, and private practice. Her current research includes a study titled Mental Health Outcomes of Nurses Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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