• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

As patient health care management needs become increasingly more complex, the need for care managers grows exponentially. The online masters in care management program at MU prepares graduates to go beyond bedside practice and into this high-demand field. With an interdisciplinary approach, this program educates health care professionals on how to improve health outcomes, enhance care quality and reduce health care costs among their patients.

This program supports preparation for national certification as a care manager through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (nurses), American Case Management Association (health care disciplines), and the Commission for Case Manager Certification (health care disciplines).

Program outcomes

  • Communicate, collaborate and engage individuals and families, health care professionals and health care systems.
  • Facilitate appropriate use of health care resources in order to deliver high-quality, high-value care in all health care settings.
  • Critique, assimilate and evaluate research, technology, health care costs and informatics data as a basis for promoting health, improving health care coordination and influencing changes at the systems and policy level.
  • Advocate, through leadership and policy, for all persons in need of health care coordination regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability and military, veteran or socioeconomic status.
  • Practice professional accountability and behavior consistent with the Code of Professional Conduct for Case Managers.

Potential careers

Employment possible in acute, primary and tertiary care settings, community-based care settings or organizations, private practices, as well as for-profit and non-profit agencies. Titles could include:

  • Care coordinator
  • Case manager
  • Family service worker
  • Community health coach
  • Transition resource specialist

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically complete part-time study plans in three years.

Course work covers, among others

  • Foundations of care management
  • Pharmacology, pathophysiology and physical assessment
  • Nursing and health policy
  • Evidence-based care management practice for individuals and populations
  • Quality, safety and performance outcomes

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Health-related baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

July 1
November 1
April 1


  • Prerequisites Graduate Statistics Required Before Admissions - Choose one course below
  • ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3 Credits
  • NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3 Credits
  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits
  • Required Courses30 Credit Hours
  • HMI 7430Introduction to Health Informatics3 Credits
  • NURSE 7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing 3 Credits

    Alternative approved courses: P_HLTH 7952 or SOC_WK 7952

  • NURSE 7500 Foundations of Care Management: Professional, Legal, Financial, and Business 3 Credits
  • NURSE 7510Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, & Physical Assessment for Care Managers 3 Credits
  • NURSE 8310Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations3 Credits
  • NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3 Credits
  • NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy 3 Credits

    Alternative approved courses: SOC_WK 8220; SOC_WK 8240; P_HLTH 7850

  • NURSE 8XXXInterprofessional Practice: Transforming Healthcare 3 Credits

    In development

  • NURSE 8XXXEvidence Based Care Management Practice for Individuals and Populations 3 Credits

    In development

  • NURSE 8XXXCare Management Role-Focused Practicum 3 Credits

    In development

  • NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3 Credits
  • NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness3 Credits
  • SOC_WK 7390Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents3 Credits
  • SOC_WK 7480Helping Strategies with Older Persons3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $227.23
  • Total: $687.13
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $681.69
  • Total: $2061.39
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $227.23
  • Total: $687.13
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $681.69
  • Total: $2061.39
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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