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


NU-711 Health Care Innovation and Quality

Nurses of all kinds, but especially those who focus on leadership, must stay up to date with the latest developments in the science of nursing and health care. This course gives students a bedrock of fundamental principles and evidence-based guidelines for evaluating healthcare quality, regulatory management, and workplace leadership. As the landscape of nursing changes, nurses must change, too -- this course prepares students to be agents of that change.  

MBA-797 Healthcare Project Management

This MBA class is focused not only on the intricacies and obstacles of project management but specifically those that relate to healthcare. The student will get a broad view of the entire project management process, from inception to completion. The concentration on healthcare-related projects are especially applicable to those who also seek an MSN.    

NU-705 Nursing Leadership

This course focuses on theoretical foundations and conceptual principles of nursing leadership and the skills necessary to practice leadership competently in health care environments. 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 implication 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.