Joint degree program blends best of two stellar graduate programs to prepare nurses for high-level executive positions

The School of Nursing and Health Studies and Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami have joined forces to create the Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) / Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) joint degree program.

Unique to Florida and in high demand, this two-year, next-level leadership opportunity is tailored to emerging nurse leaders and combines the best resources of two highly regarded graduate-level programs at UM.

“The program is the only one of its kind in Florida and among the first in the nation,” says Dr. Mary Hooshmand, associate dean for Graduate Clinical Programs at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. “If you see yourself as a future transformative leader with aspirations of becoming a chief nursing officer, CEO, or president, this program is for you. Our program is intended to help propel early- and mid-career nurse leaders to the highest echelons of executive health system leadership.”

The first cohort of students to the program started classes this January in the Spring 2023 semester at the University’s Coral Gables campus. Graduates will earn a diploma affirming their completion of both the MSL and DNP degrees.

Immersive Curriculum

The MSL-DNP curriculum offers intensive health care leadership experience through simulations, case studies, and practice immersions, such as participating in a Leadership Challenge Competition and implementing evidence-based practice improvement projects in area hospitals.

Students learn from renowned health sector management and nursing faculty about organizational behavior techniques, management skills, negotiation expertise, marketing, health care finance, ethics, practice improvement, health policy, technology, human resources, and more.

The program’s small cohort size allows for individually precepted attention and ongoing support throughout the program and beyond. The part-time track is attractive for working professionals as well, adds Hooshmand.

The Need for Nurse Leaders

There is great demand in the U.S. and international workforce for health care executives who can confidently manage and transform challenging, complex environments. The MSL-DNP joint degree program is designed for RNs with an unrestricted Florida license who have a minimum of two years’ experience in a health care setting and earned a BSN from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Highlights

  • Readies nurses for executive-level leadership
  • The only program of its kind in Florida and among the first in the nation
  • Part-time curriculum available for working professionals
  • Renowned health sector management and nursing faculty
  • Two distinct graduate-level degrees awarded upon program completion
  • Small cohort size and individual preceptor attention
  • Prestigious “triple crown” accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), plus SACSCOC, EQUAA and CCNE

Learn more at, email, or call (305) 284-4325.

 The University of Miami is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The UM School of Nursing and Health Studies nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Miami Herbert has earned accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), EQUIS, The Association of MBAs (AMBA); and the Education Quality Accreditation Agency (EQUAA); Miami Herbert is one of only three business schools in the U.S. with this coveted “triple crown” designation.