Master of Science in Nursing - Master of Business Administration

Master of Science in Nursing graduate

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers three tracks of concentrated study: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to these three tracks of study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN option.

Graduate Admissions

The Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degree will allow you to combine your nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills to offer expertise within a wide range of healthcare settings. The 69-hour dual MSN/MBA program is designed for nurse professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice and critical thinking skills needed to solve problems, identify opportunities and make dependable decisions within health settings using business concepts.

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Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.

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.

MSN Program

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results.
  5. Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care.
  6. Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

MBA Program

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


Courses Credit Hours

NURS 606 Nursing Economics and Finance 3
NURS 607 Administration of Nursing and Healthcare Organizations 3
NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum 6
NURS 610 Thesis 3
NURS 612 Thesis 3


Courses Credit Hours

ACCT 600 Managerial Accounting 3
BADM 610 Managerial Economics 3
BADM 620 Managerial Finance 3
BADM 625 Marketing Management 3
BADM 630 Organizational Behavior 3
BADM 633 Entrepreneurial Management 3
BADM 635 Production Research and Operations Management 3
BADM 640 Business Law and Ethics 3
INTL 650 International Business 3
BADM 690 Strategic Management 3
Electives Restricted to BADM or INTL courses 6

If a person has already completed an MBA degree and wants an MSN/MBA degree he/she must complete the 15 hours of the MSN core, six hours of the Nursing Administration Concentration and 12 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 30 hours of the MBA core courses, and an MBA elective course, in addition to the three hours of MBA courses already completed within the MSN program.

  • Graduate School Application
  • Official college transcripts from each college attended can be sent to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or official electronic transcripts to
  • Statistics class will be needed before MSN enrollment
  • Records of immunity to HepB and varicella (series’ or titers with numeric values); and a Tb record less than a year old can be faxed to 704-406-3504
  • Three professional or academic references using the forms below (it is acceptable to use the same three reference contacts, but they will each need to complete two forms)
  • Official GRE or GMAT score if cumulative GPA is below 3.0
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current, unrestricted RN license in US (verified online by the Admissions Office)