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Keep Your Momentum and Earn a Master's Degree in Healthcare

You've earned a bachelor's degree in healthcare, but why stop there? As a new WGU healthcare grad, it’s easy to continue and pursue your master's degree. Whether you're looking to earn your MSN or you'd like to pursue a Master of Health Leadership, WGU offers career-focused programs tailored to help you progress in many diverse specialty areas in healthcare. Simply speak with a Continuing Graduate Enrollment Counselor to get started. You'll enjoy Elite Applicant Status for faster admission and access to alumni-only scholarships.

The market for medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 32% from 2020 to 2030.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

It's projected there will be more than 139,000 new medical and health service manager jobs between 2020 and 2030.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The average salary for nursing instructors at colleges and universities is over $84,000 as of May 2020 with the top 10% making more than $133,000.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Should You Earn a Master's in Healthcare?

  • Progress at work. Add a master's degree to your résumé and stand out from your peers when it's time for promotions.
  • Boost your salary. An advanced degree could help you earn more. Time earning a master's in healthcare is time well spent.
  • Keep moving. You already know the ins and outs of a WGU degree program. Keep up your momentum and earn an advanced healthcare degree.
  • Finish fast. Most graduate students earn their healthcare master's degree at WGU within two years. 

Healthcare Master's Degrees Offered

WGU provides a number of bridge programs to help healthcare professionals earn an MSN degree, including three RN-to-MSN programs and five BSN-to-MSN programs. WGU also offers a Master of Health Leadership program to provide education and training for future healthcare leaders. For most of these graduate degrees, you will have to have earned either an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program, have an active RN license in your state of employment, or have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). If you're looking to add another specialty to your license or gain additional expertise in the healthcare field, a master's degree in healthcare can be a perfect fit. For specific information on degree-specific prerequisites and steps, view the College of Health Professions admission requirements.

Here are some ways to get started:

Nursing – Education (RN-to-MSN) – M.S.

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for...

This MSN – Education online nursing program for RNs includes a BSN program component and is a substantial leap forward for an aspiring nurse educator.

  • Time: 74% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this online nursing degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Program Director
  • Academic Clinical Nurse Educator

Given the growing nurse educator shortage, earning your MSN with a focus in education is both a rewarding decision and a solid career move.

Nursing – Leadership and Management (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree...

For registered nurses with a bachelor's degree who are ready for greater responsibility:

  • Time: 82% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Sample careers and jobs this degree program will prepare you for:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Project Manager

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical and health services managers to grow 17% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S. Nursing

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN...

This program for BSNs who have an active,...

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN license prepares you to become a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

  • Locations: This degree program is not available in the following states: California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,250 plus $1,395 in fees, per six-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Nursing – Education (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs....

A master's in nursing education program for...

A master's in nursing education program for nurses with BSNs.

This degree will prepare you to teach the next generation of nurses.

  • Time: 80% of grads finish within 2 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Program Director
  • Academic Clinical Nurse Educator

Hospitals and other facilities need nurse educators. Earn your MSN – Education and step into a role inspiring and empowering caregivers.

Nursing – Nursing Informatics (RN–to–MSN) – M.S.

A nursing program that empowers data-driven nurses to go from RN...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven...

A nursing program that empowers data-driven nurses to go from RN to MSN, earning their BSN along the way:

  • Time:  90% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Informatics Director
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Analyst

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for registered nurses who take this path.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S. Nursing

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN...

This program for BSNs who have an active,...

This program for BSNs who have an active, unencumbered RN license prepares you to become a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

  • Locations: This degree program is not available in the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
  • Time: 2½ years.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,250 plus $1,395 in fees, per six-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Nursing – Leadership and Management (RN-to-MSN) – M.S.

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a...

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and...

This program for RNs includes a BSN component and is a substantial leap toward becoming a nurse leader.

  • Time: 75% of RN-to-MSN grads finish within 42 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 per 6-month term during undergraduate portion, $4,385 per 6-month term during graduate portion, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Quality Director
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Project Manager

If you're driven to lead, this online nursing degree will provide you everything needed to make that career a reality.

Compare degrees
This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

Compare Similar Degrees

Nursing – Nursing Informatics (BSN-to-MSN) – M.S.

A nursing degree program that empowers data-driven nurses who...

A nursing degree program that empowers...

A nursing degree program that empowers data-driven nurses who already have a BSN but seek the success only a master's can bring:

  • Time:  72% of grads finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Informatics Director
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Informatics Analyst

The trajectory of data and informatics in healthcare will continually open opportunities for nurses who take this path.

Master of Health Leadership

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care,...

A master's focused on managing comprehensive,...

A master's focused on managing comprehensive, value-based care, directly in line with innovations in health and healthcare.

  • Time: 78% of grads finish within 24 months. 
  • Tuition and fees: $4,385 per 6-month term.

Examples of careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Managed care executive
  • Director of integrated care management
  • Health center manager/clinic manager
  • Director of integrated facilities

Your rich experience in a health-related field can mean more when you bring a master's level of understanding to the problems that organizations need to solve.

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This program is not the only degree WGU offers designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. Compare our health leadership degrees by clicking the button below.

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Ready to Continue at WGU?

You know what a WGU degree can do for your career and your life. Another degree could be the crucial next step you need to take. You've seen how WGU fits inside your life, so there's no better time than today to get started at WGU—again! We would love to have you return to WGU and continue your education. Don't wait any longer! Schedule an appointment with a continuing grad specialist to learn about the next steps, today.

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Returning Grads Enjoy VIP Benefits

You've learned how easy it is to fit a WGU degree program into your life, so keep going! As a returning student, you'll receive a number of perks. If you're ready, we'd love to welcome you back to WGU to pursue a master's degree. Click here to learn more about returning to WGU.

Elite Applicant Status

Your application for admission is much shorter than the standard application, and it will automatically be moved to the front of the line for consideration.

Exclusive Scholarship Opportunities

Returning grads are eligible to apply for the exclusive Alumni Master's Degree Scholarship, valued at up to $2,500.

New Student Scholarship Eligibility

Returning WGU graduates are also eligible to apply for the scholarship opportunities available to new students.

What Careers Can I Pursue with a Healthcare-Focused Master's Degree from WGU?

With an advanced degree in healthcare, you’ll be prepared to explore many different career paths in nursing or healthcare. Completing a master's program will qualify you for management positions and leadership roles such as:

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Head Nurse
  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • VP of Nursing
  • Healthcare Quality Director
  • Nursing Home Manager
  • Hospital CEO

Why Should I Return to WGU?

Maintain Momentum

You’ve earned a bachelor’s degree. You know how a WGU degree fits into your life, so why not keep going? Continue on and earn your master’s at WGU in as few as 12 to 18 months.

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Progress Your Career

On average, advanced degree holders make $17,000 more than those with just a bachelor’s. For a small investment, you can earn your master’s degree at WGU and see big returns.

Exclusive Access

As a continuing student, you can enroll more quickly and apply for an alumni-only scholarship. Visit your student portal to complete the enrollment process quickly.

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