Your MSN/MBA dual degree combines nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills.

Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration

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With dual Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degrees, you will combine your nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills to offer expertise within a wide range of health care settings.

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The 69-hour dual MSN/MBA degree program is designed for nurse professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice and the critical thinking skills needed to solve problems, identify opportunities and make dependable decisions within health settings using the business concepts embodied in the disciplines of finance, economics, operations, marketing and management.

In the dual MSN/MBA program, you will achieve the learning outcomes for each of the degree programs.

In the MSN program, you will learn to:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
  • Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization to promote high quality and safe patient care.
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results.
  • Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care.
  • Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  • Function as a professional member and leader of inter-professional teams through communication, collaboration, and consultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.
  • Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations.
  • Articulate the understanding that master’s level nursing practice integrates advanced level understanding and approach to nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

In the MBA program, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate a strategic understanding of the key functions of business, accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operations and statistics.
  • Demonstrate leadership and business decision-making skills required within both global and domestic business environments.
  • Apply business concepts through internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulation, and interaction with business leaders.
  • Demonstrate individual and team-related problem analysis and decision-making through the use of contemporary case-related and classic business examples.
  • Use current and appropriate technology for communication, problem solving, and decision-making, orally and/or in writing.
  • Understand the organization of corporate initiatives to maximize the return on human capital.
  • Demonstrate the application of Christian values and problem-solving skills in business decision-making, developed within an environment of Christian ethics.
  • Participate in either a service-learning experience or leadership roles in a church, community, student organization, or work-related experience.

Dual degree students must apply to the School of Graduate Studies as well as to the Godbold School of Business, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools, the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree. Candidates for the dual degree must complete the requirements for both degrees prior to graduation.

If a person has already completed the MBA degree and wants an MSN/MBA degree he/she must complete the fifteen hours of the MSN core, six hours of the Nursing Administration Concentration and twelve hours of the Capstone Experience.

If a person has an MSN degree in Nursing Administration and wants an MSN/MBA degree, he/she must complete thirty hours of the MBA core courses, in addition to the three hours of MBA courses already completed within the MSN program.

Should a student choose not to pursue one of the degrees to completion, he or she will be responsible for paying any difference in the per course rate(s) actually charged based on pursuing the dual degree and the rate(s) which would have been charged for courses applied toward the selected degree. The student will also be responsible for repaying any scholarships or grants received based on pursuing a dual degree for which the student would not have been eligible based on the selected degree. Additional financial obligations must be satisfied before the student can be awarded the selected degree. In no case will the University refund money when a student opts out of a dual degree program.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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