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Two paths to your leadership position:

Master of Health Leadership or MSN

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Lead a dynamic, growing industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job market for skilled healthcare executives is expected to grow 20% by 2026.

Healthcare is both a booming global business and a personal calling—the people who will lead the ongoing healthcare evolution contribute to the well-being of individuals, the health of communities, and the economic success of our country.

If you have the drive to succeed and the motivation to make a real difference in lives, the healthcare industry needs leaders like you.


Your leadership position awaits. Choose your path and get started!

WGU offers two distinct paths to leadership—the Master of Health Leadership degree or the M.S. Nursing–Leadership and Management degree. Whichever you choose, at WGU you'll enjoy:

  • The highest quality. Whether you choose our Master of Health Leadership program or a CCNE-accredited M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management from our College of Health Professions, your program will give you the skills and credentials you need to be highly successful as a health leader.


  • Innovative, flexible programs. WGU is school like you've never experienced it before. Online and competency-based, we measure learning, not time spent in class. The emphasis is on your mastery of skills. Accelerate when you learn quickly or already know the material well and spend time focused on learning the subjects that are new to you or more challenging. You can also access study materials and take tests 24/7.



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Compare WGU's Healthcare Leadership Degrees

Want to run a thriving healthcare organization? Is it your goal to help transform the industry toward value-based, patient-centered care? Or do you plan to advance your nursing career to a nurse management role? Let us help you ask—and answer—the questions that can guide you toward the right health leadership program. Watch the videos to learn about each program, and click the plus signs to expand each degree's description and compare them.

Master of Health Leadership

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

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

  • Time: 81% of grads finish within 24 months. 
  • Tuition: $4,240 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 12 total courses in this program.

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.

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.

Nursing – Leadership & 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 who are ready for additional career opportunities.

  • Time: 68% of grads finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition: $4,367 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350
  • Courses: 15 total courses in this program.

This program is ideal for current RNs who have a BSN and are ready for the next step in their education.

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.

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.

Industry and Academic Respect Add Value To Your Degree

WGU is an innovator receiving praise from every sector. When your alma mater is respected, so is your degree.

“What we need are people who are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively. ... Those are the kind of people [who] represent graduates of Western Governors University.”


John Steele
Senior Vice President of Human Relations
HCA Healthcare

“Not only did my degree at WGU help me advance my career—it also helped save a rural hospital and the community's access to local, quality healthcare.”


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

“The skills I’m gaining from WGU ... are already helping me to be an effective healthcare professional and leader. In my career, I have always been driven by a desire for excellence and a desire to serve. My degree program helps me be my best in an incredibly important and rewarding industry.”

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


Learn, prove it, move on.

Competency-based education focuses on learning rather than seat time. You’re in the driver’s seat. Each course is a collection of defined competencies—knowledge and skills that employers are looking for from successful graduates. You study on your schedule. As soon as you can prove you’ve mastered the competencies, you take an assessment, pass it, and move on. You spend your time learning new concepts, not rehashing subjects you already know. You can set the pace to graduate early. And in the end, your degree is proof you’ve shown that you’re what employers are looking for!


Your success is our job.

From before you enroll to after you graduate, our #1 job is a better life for you and your family. Think of it as the best of both worlds; a program that offers complete independence and more support than you ever knew you needed—at exactly the moment you need it! From the Enrollment Counselor who helps you decide if WGU is the right fit for you, to the faculty mentors who are obsessed with your academic progress, to the student and tech support teams who are eager to help you solve any issues you might encounter as a student, you’re never alone—even though you’re online. And even after you’ve graduated, career and alumni support is just a call away.


Smaller investment, bigger returns.

At WGU, affordability means cutting-edge programs at tuition rates that are half what you’d pay at other online universities. It means graduating with little or no student debt. It means scholarship and financial aid opportunities and minimal, transparent fees. It means a flat-rate per-term tuition so that when you save time, you also save money. And it means understanding that value includes quality, flexibility, relevance, and results, not just cost.

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