MS in Nursing programs generally include a mix of advanced nursing courses and management training. Some programs may also include a background in nursing education. The management training aspects of the programs are designed to prepare students to manage a staff of nurses in a healthcare setting. Some of the courses may include business administration courses not unlike those found in pursuing a bachelors of business administration degree. Other courses focus on the specifics of healthcare and nursing management.
The demand for nursing professionals continues to grow, and this creates demand for those prepared to pursue management roles as well. Jobs for these professions are expected to grow faster than the average through 2012. In most hospitals and healthcare facilities a masters degree is a pre-requisite for getting into these prestigious jobs.