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A dual degree in nursing and public administration is offered for those nurses who desire to integrated knowledge and skills from nursing with the public sector and public policy (MSN/MPA).

The MSN/MPA program is relevant for nurses who seek to improve the quality of healthcare delivery to populations and communities. Graduates are typically employed by or seek employment from government, non-governmental community agencies, voluntary organizations and non-profits. Activities of our graduates typically revolve around: community-based health promotion and disease prevention, seeking health care funding for core community health services, disaster preparedness, economics and management of public health care systems, and policy-making to ensure health care access.

In the MSN/MPA program, nursing courses focus on advanced nursing practice and management. The public administration courses focus on the management of human and material resources, finances and accounting, organizational analysis, statistics, program evaluation, strategic planning and operations, economics and marketing, as well as leadership theory and behavior, law, and the social impacts of management. Capstone courses aid the student in integration of the theory and practical application from coursework.

The MSN/MPA program offers:

  • High value: A combination of academic quality, efficiency, and reasonable education cost
  • Practicum experiences with leaders and managers with nursing and/or business backgrounds
  • Accessible location
  • Many course offerings online
  • A customized, flexible program plan developed with a consistent faculty adviser

The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Administration dual degree coursework is integrated and concurrent. The MSN/MPA is 54 credit hours, significantly shorter than if each graduate degree were pursued separately. The program can be completed full time in 6 semesters (2.5-3 full time years), or if part time, within 4-5 years.In the MSN/MPA program, the MSN contributes 21-30 credits, while the MPA contributes 36-39 credits. Elective choice is available in either of the dual degree programs.

Graduate Advisor

Program Director

  • Susan Taft, PhD, RN (
  • 330-672-8839 or 28839 on-campus dial for free
  • Home office: 216-595-9011

Course Title Credits
60101 Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice I 3

60314 Internship in Health Care Management 3

60401 Nursing Research Methods I
  60451 Health Policy and Delivery Systems for Health Care Professionals 2

65092 Practicum: Nursing and Health Care Management I

65192 Practicum: Nursing and Health Care Management II
60370 Public Management Concepts and Practices

60373 Public Budgeting

60374 Public Financial Management
  60375 Public Personnel Adminsitration 3
  60376 Labor Management Relations in the Public Sector 3

60379 Program Evaluation 3

60382 Seminar in Public Administration

60392 Internship-Public Administration
  Electives if needed or desired
Choose from the following:
64042 Management Information Systems (3)
NURS 61005 Nursing Informatics (3)

Choose from the following: 2-6
NURS 60199 Thesis I (2-6)
  60602 Roles and Evaluation for nursing Curriculums in Higher Education (3)
PADM 60381 Methods in Public Administration (3)
Choose from the following:
NURS 60450 Ethics and Cultural Issues for Health Professionals (2)
PADM 60470
Managerial Ethics (3)

Choose from the following:
BAD 64270 Organizational Analysis (3)
PADM 60372
Administrative Theory and Behavior (3)