Advance in Your Nursing Career with an MSN-MBA Dual Degree

Prepare for leadership positions in nursing with a dual degree that helps you practice and manage in the business of healthcare. 

In Carlow's MSN/MBA dual-degree program, you'll enhance your ability to make a meaningful impact on the discipline of nursing. Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice with a concentration on nursing education and leadership, which is complemented by a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in healthcare management. Together, this coursework provides students the opportunity to examine both the theoretical and practical aspects of business administration. 

As a graduate, you will be equipped to assume leadership positions in nursing and contribute to the advancement of the field of nursing through evidence-based practice.

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MSN-MBA Program Highlights

  • Complete two degrees in one streamlined course of study
  • 60 total credits beginning fall 2019 for MSN/MBA dual degree versus 69 total credits for MSN and MBA degrees earned separately
  • Fully online and hybrid (online and in-class) learning options available
  • Offered at the main Oakland campus and online
  • Can be completed in as little as two and a half years
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Close faculty support in a small learning environment
  • Emphasis on application through case studies, simulations, and team projects

Program Requirements

For the Dual Degree MSN/MBA Program you will need: 

  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • to have completed an approved undergraduate Statistics course
  • a copy of your current registered unencumbered nurse license 
If you are ready to apply, please view our Graduate Nursing Requirements page for more detailed requirements as well as the graduate application.

For an expanded description of the curriculum, review the individual Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) program pages.

Eager to take the next step? Review our nursing application requirements, or apply now if you're ready. (It's free.)

MSN-MBA Dual Degree Course Information


NU710 Quality and Data Analytics
This course focuses on quality, informatics and the role of statistics in quality improvement. Concepts, models, and strategies of quality improvement and informatics are examined. Students will apply principles of quality and regulatory management with an emphasis on defining, measuring and evaluating outcomes within and across organizational systems. The student will apply informatics and statistical concepts to identify, gather, process, and manage information/data. At the end of the course, the student will be able to create and implement innovative solutions to improve patient care and safety.

NU 743 Organizational Leadership

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership, professional collaboration, communications and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in healthcare environments, recognizing that organizational and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care. Key concepts including ethical and critical decision making, motivation and individual behavior, interpersonal and group behavior, job satisfaction, work stress and culture, and influences of micro-, meso-, and macro-organizational behaviors are explored. The course is designed to enhance leadership self-awareness and to encourage students to fashion personal perspectives on how to lead professionally. Analyzing trends and issues in the current health care system that have implications for exercising leadership will help students determine the way they can make a difference. 

This is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. For more details about these classes, and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website or request more information to hear from an Admissions Counselor.