Earn a Meaningful Nursing Degree, 100% Online

A career in nursing is highly rewarding and education plays a critical role. Many health care employers have a growing need to hire qualified nursing professionals and by earning an advanced degree, you’ll have a clear, competitive advantage in the workplace.

More than ever, nurses are choosing to pursue their master’s degrees online. Nursing programs are rigorous, so having the flexibility of online courses helps accommodate the schedule of a busy, working nurse.

Granite State College’s MSN in Health Care Leadership is a 9-course, 30-credit program available fully online. This program prepares students to become versatile nursing leaders who can guide interprofessional teams in diverse health care environments.

Our program is fully aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing. Coursework builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in a BSN Nursing Degree, providing seamless progression to achieving the competencies required for advanced nursing positions.

This program is available to students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and numerous states across the country. See Availability in Your State for full details.

Course Highlights

  • Advocacy and Health Policy
  • Translating and Integrating Research into Nursing Practice
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Cultivating Your Leadership Capabilities
  • Interprofessional Collaboration for Population Health

…and more!

See catalog for full list of course requirements and degree outcomes for Health Care Leadership.


  • The master’s degree program in nursing at Granite State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Why Granite State College?

Our MSN program offers you the opportunity to maximize your existing nursing expertise, apply what you learn on-the-job, and connect your studies to your professional goals, empowering you to make a difference as an innovative nursing leader and educator.

We also offer a dual credit opportunity for our RN to BSN student, creating a high-quality, affordable, and efficient educational pathway.

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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. Our admission criteria includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA average in the last 60 credit hours, or Graduate Degree completed from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA minimum overall.
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences. The statement is evaluated on applicant’s writing and its content alignment with the program’s purpose and outcomes.
  • (2) professional or academic references
    Contact information for your references is submitted via the admission application. This will generate an email inviting your references to complete a short questionnaire to assess your candidacy. A formal letter of recommendation is not required; however, your references are welcome to upload one within the questionnaire.
  • Current resume

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How to Ensure Our Online Programs are Available to You

Students who reside outside of New Hampshire must possess an active RN license from the state where you are currently practicing. Some states may restrict practice requirements for degree completion. You are responsible for verifying these restrictions.

Our RN to BSN and our MSN programs are currently available in New Hampshire, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. If you live in or move to a state not listed, please check with an advisor to ensure the program is available in your new state. We are working to expand the number of states in which our nursing programs are offered.