I am stationed in the state of Qatar, in the Gulf area, working as a senior nurse in Qatar petroleum--medical services. I have bachelor's degree in nursing from Alexandria University in Egypt, and I am interested in pursuing a master's degree in Nursing Administration online, if possible.

Nursing administrators are in high demand these days, and online programs are readily available. The Master in Nursing Administration degree can take anywhere from one to two years to complete. Most programs are designed for medical professionals already working as nursing managers or senior nurses.

As an international student, you'll need to look for a curriculum that emphasizes general health care administration rather than a program tailored specifically to the U.S. health care system. Some programs are offered in conjunction with public health departments, and train nurses to shape U.S. health care policy; others focus on the management of fiscal and human resources in the context of the United States' complex managed care system.

Your needs as a nursing administrator in Qatar will be better met by a program that emphasizes such areas as general finance, business management, health care informatics, and the optimal delivery of health care. Most programs include a capstone project, a valuable opportunity for you to tailor what you've learned to your particular career interests in Qatar.

Once you've narrowed your search for online programs in nursing administration, contact the school's admissions department for more information about the specific requirements for international students. There is no standard policy for transferring coursework, clinical experience, or degrees from foreign universities--it's up to each individual institution.

Exciting developments are underway in nursing administration. An online master's degree should put you in a position to take advantage of the growing opportunities in this field.