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Nursing and Business Administration

Program Overview   

A dual degree in nursing and business is offered for those nurses who desire to integrate knowledge and skills from nursing with business (MSN/MBA).

The MSN/MBA degree is designed for nurses who wish to expand their management role in order to assume mid- and upper-level leadership positions in various health care settings, such as hospitals, ambulatory and surgical centers, public and community health, home health, private practice, medical supply/pharmaceutical companies and entrepreneurial ventures. Graduates are also prepared to enter careers in information management, quality assurance, and policy. Language ability, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal/group management skills are some of the competencies developed by our graduates.

In the MSN/MBA program, nursing courses focus on nursing research and theory, ethics, policy, organizational analysis, and health management. The management courses focus on human and material resources, finances and accounting, 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/MBA program offers:

  • High value: A combination of academic quality, efficiency, and reasonable education cost
  • Practicum experiences with leaders and managers in health care, from 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 Business Administration dual degree coursework is integrated and concurrent. The MSN/MBA is a minimum of 63 credit hours, and can be completed full time in 6 semesters (3 full-time years), or if part time, within 4-5 years. This compares with an average of 96 credit hours if the two graduate degrees were to be taken separately. Because of the possibility of varying combinations of student courses, the MSN could contribute 18-34 credit hours and the MBA 39-45 credits toward final graduation.

Program Director  

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

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2015: February 1, 2015
  • Spring 2016: November 1, 2015

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