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Nursing Administration/Urban Policy and Leadership (Dual-degree MS)

HEGIS Codes: 1203.10 / 2214.00 | CUNY Plan Code: NURSUPL-MS | Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

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The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the Department of Urban Policy and Planning, School of Arts and Sciences offer a 52-credit program of study leading to a dual master's degree: A master of science (MS) in nursing administration and a master of science (MS) in urban policy and leadership (UPL). This dual-degree program prepares nurses to assume positions of leadership in a variety of health care settings, systems, and agencies. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to management and policy in nursing and health care, particularly within urban settings.


Course of Study

The program includes core courses in nursing and urban policy and leadership, electives within both programs, and specialization courses that combine advanced knowledge with 500 hours of precepted clinical experience. Course descriptions are available in the Hunter College Course Catalog.

Nursing Core Courses (12 credits)

NURS 700    Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 cr.)

NURS 702    Advanced Nursing Research (3 cr.)

NURS 704    Health Care Systems and Policy (3 cr.)

NURS 749    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (3 cr.)

Urban Policy and Leadership General Core Courses (12 credits)

URBG 701    Intro to Org and Mgmt for the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (3 cr.)

URBG 790    Urban Development Workshop 1 (6 cr. practicum in applied research)

URBG 792    Urban Affairs Capstone (3 cr. capstone requirement)

Research Methods Courses (6 credits)

URBG 706    Introduction to Policy Analysis (3 cr.)

Plus any one of the following courses:

     URBG 710    Urban Data Analysis (3 cr.)

     URBG 713    Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (3 cr.)

     GTECH 709  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 cr.)

Urban Structure Courses (3 credits)

URBG 702    Structure of the Urban Region (3 cr.)


URBG 758    Governing the City (3 cr.)

Electives (9 credits)

One Nursing elective (3 cr.)

Two Urban Policy and Leadership electives, such as:

URBG 749    Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)

URBG 787    Budgeting and Financial Management (3 cr.)

Specialization Clinical Courses (10 credits)

NURS 740    Leadership & Management in Health Care 2 (5 cr.)

NURS 745    Leadership & Management in Health Care 3 (5 cr.)

URBG 790, NURS 740 and NURS 745 require a total of 500 practicum hours.


Graduate Academic Program Outcomes

The program prepares graduates to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and arts/sciences to provide a theoretical framework for advanced practice.
  2. Generate a philosophy and definition of advanced practice that emphasizes full range of health services for all members of society, affirms the worth and dignity of every human being, and demonstrates a humanistic caring approach that values diversity.
  3. Collaborate with clients in managing their health-illness status through the advanced practice-nursing role.
  4. Foster client participation and shared decision-making in health care and health care policy to maximize health and wellness for humans and the environment.
  5. Evaluate specialized knowledge and skills needed to deliver care to clients and design programs to meet the health care needs of specific groups and communities.
  6. Identify appropriate nursing science phenomena for nursing research to enhance practice.
  7. Describe the nature of scientific inquiry in nursing as the basis for nursing practice.
  8. Demonstrate activism, advocacy, and leadership in the health care environment and in the nursing profession.
  9. Identify a nursing practice issue needing change and/or problem solving and use techniques for research utilization to translate and systematically use research findings and other credible information and data sources to facilitate evidence-based nursing practice.
  10. Use the research process to systematically investigate ways to enhance nursing practice, improve delivery of health care services, and recommend innovative health policy initiatives.


For more information, contact Dr. Elsie Jolade at