School of Nursing

MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The Master of Science for the Clinical Nurse Leader, offered through the School of Nursing and ranked third by the U.S. News & World Report, prepares nurses to earn a Master of Science in Nursing and function as an advanced generalist in a variety of settings across the continuum of care. The CNL is a leadership role designed for nurses who want to make a difference in the clinical setting or provide leadership in educating others to gain these skills. The didactic education can be attained exclusively online, and in most cases, the required 420 clinical hours can be arranged in your own community.

The interactive online classroom, led by the excellent faculty from Pitt Nursing, provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.

As a Pitt nursing student, you will benefit from the knowledge of nationally and internationally recognized faculty with a wide range of expertise, current knowledge, latest advances in educational technology, university resources, and evidence-based practice.


All applications to the Masters Programs in Nursing are reviewed by faculty in that specific major/area of concentration. Applicants must meet a variety of criteria in order to be considered.

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Please visit the MSN Application/Admission page for a full list of application requirements, including deadlines and clearances.

Admission of International Applicants

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the program admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The on-line application must be completed in English. The official transcripts must show all high school and post-high school work, including grades in each course, examination grades and standing in examinations and classes, and whatever other credentials are available to give a clear description of the student’s academic accomplishments.  For more information, visit the School of Nursing International Applicants page.

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Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same as the tuition for on-campus programs. Current tuition rates and student fee information can be found on our tuition and fees page.


Please visit the MSN CNL Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact the School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261