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Care management, also referred to as care coordination or case management, has become an essential role in improving the quality and value of care, reducing costs and utilization, and improving population health. Care managers practice in a variety of settings serving diverse populations. Care managers are often the hub of communication, connecting patients/families, and various members of the community and health care team to improve the management of complex physical, psychological, and/or social problems.

The Care Management program is an interdisciplinary online degree offered through the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing with collaboration from other divisions including Health Management and Informatics and Social Work.  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).

Degrees Offered

Care Management, Master of Science

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Admission Criteria

The goal of the Master’s of Science in Care Management is to educate health care professionals to improve health outcomes, enhance care quality, and reduce health care costs.  Graduates will provide care management to diverse people across the life span using principles and approaches that include facilitating delivery of health care to individuals/family, engagement of individuals/family in care plan design, and implementation resulting in high quality, high value, cost effective care using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To be considered for admission to the Sinclair School of Nursing’s MS Care Management program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Health related baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • Evidence of any unencumbered current licensure in a health related occupation (if applicable).
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A one page personal statement describing academic and professional goals.
  • Personal interview upon request.

International Student Admission for MS Care Management

  • All international admissions are initially the responsibility of the MU Coordinator of International Student Programs. The Student Admissions and Progression Committee of the School of Nursing may not act upon any international application for admission until the applicant has been cleared through the office.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants need documentation of English-language proficiency, demonstrated through a satisfactory Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score within the last two years.

Minimum Language Requirements

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Required Application Materials

For the Care Management Program

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application (After acceptance to the Care Management program)
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

Care Management, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:   

Stand Alone: Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15

Certificate Description: The online Graduate Certificate in Care Management offered through the Sinclair School of Nursing will allow students pursuing a graduate degree in nursing or health related field at MU or post-graduate prepared individuals from a health related field to obtain the necessary coursework and skills in care management. Certificate courses build upon the students’ unique professional perspectives and foundational knowledge of theory applications of care coordination, research principles, interdisciplinary teamwork, an understanding of basic physiology and pharmacology, and care management principles.

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