Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator


The Nurse Administration specialty will prepare nurses for advanced practice in administrative roles such as Nurse Executive, Nurse Manager, Quality Improvement Manager, Ambulatory Care Manager or other system level nursing positions in community agencies, health care facilities, health departments and schools of nursing.

Graduates will meet the educational requirements for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification in Nursing Administration or Nursing Administration Advanced (CNAA) for the level they are qualified.

The program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in 27 months of part-time online study.  Specialty courses are offered alternate years.  Students generally are admitted for the Summer I term; however, can enroll any semester.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN in Nursing: Nurse Administrator:

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment. OR Graduation from a post secondary level Nursing Program.
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A BSN degree from nationally accredited program is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, and courses in research, leadership management, aging and health, and community health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study.
  3. Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred.
  4. Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  5. A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty.
  6. For the three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School, references should be from professional colleagues.
  7. One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.
  8. Access to computer within minimum requirements for online courses. Current minimum computer hardware specifications are listed by Distance Education.

Application Instructions

Application Deadlines: Applications are reviewed on a year-round basis and follow deadlines published by the Graduate School.

Process: All applications are submitted online to the Graduate School at

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503 (phone)
704-687- 1668 (fax)

Degree Requirements

The Nurse Administrator program consists of 36 semester hours and is completed on a part-time basis. Specialty courses are only offered biannually during odd years. Interested Students may enroll concurrently in the Nurse Educator Certificate Program.

Additional Degree Requirements

    • Courses in the Nurse Administrator specialty are offered every other year.
    • Nurse Administrator courses are only offered online through Distance Education. Core and System Core courses can be taken on campus or online as published in the Schedule of Courses.
    • A total of 360 clinical hours is required to complete the program.
    • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (“B”) GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two “C” grades.
    • Faculty Advising is required.




      Contact Information

      Systems Population Coordinator
      Teresa Gaston, DNP, RN, CNE, BC-NII

      UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
      Charlotte, North Carolina



      Interim Associate Director for Graduate Programs
      David Langford, PhD, RN
      UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office
      John McCulley
      Program Manager, Distance Education

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