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  • Online MSN/MBA Dual Degree

    Drexel University's online dual MSN in Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management/Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) program prepares you for a senior leadership role in a fast-changing, increasingly demanding healthcare environment. Designed for part-time attendance by working nurses, this MSN/MBA online program teaches you to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict, address legal/ethical issues, and operationalize the mission and goals of the healthcare delivery organization.

    MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program Features

    • Online, flexible curriculum
    • 82 quarter credit program
    • Coursework emphasizes advanced nursing competencies, transformational leadership, motivation, and a strategic business perspective focused on practical relevance and application
    • Learn from experienced and respected faculty in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and LeBow College of Business
    • Gain real-world experience through practicums, internships, and residencies

    Requirements for The MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program

    To be eligible for Drexel’s online nursing MBA program, you must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE). You should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. You will also need a current, unrestricted United States RN license. For more application requirements, please see the Admissions Criteria page.

    What Can I Do With an MSN/MBA Dual Degree?

    Careers for nurses with an MSN/MBA degree
    Drexel’s online nursing MBA program teaches you to pair your clinical skills with business acumen to help you advance in your career. Designed for those who want to continue utilizing their nursing leadership skills without necessarily working at the bedside, this nursing MBA online program will prepare you for executive positions across the continuum of healthcare organizations and systems. Some common job titles for graduates of this program include:

    • Nurse Administrator
      As a nursing administrator, you’ll combine your clinical experience with a strategic business perspective to help your organization meet its operational needs. This may include developing policies and procedures, conducting performance reviews, managing budgets, and recruiting and hiring nurses, among other duties.
    • Nurse Manager
      Nursing managers use their years of clinical experience to oversee a staff of nurses. This may mean ensuring that their nurses adhere to standard practices and protocols, hiring and retaining staff, conducting reviews, and managing schedules.

    MSN/MBA Dual Degree Salary Expectations

    While your salary will vary based on factors like title, location, and years of experience, some common job titles and salaries for graduates with an MSN/MBA dual degree include:

    • Nurse Administrator - $87,879*
    • Nursing Manager - $87,054*
    • Medical and Health Services Manager - $104,280**

    **Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Online Open Houses

    Learn more about this and other nursing programs from our previously recorded online open house webinar series.

    Related Programs

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    The MSN program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    MSN Requirements
    NURS 500 Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments 3.0
    NURS 502 Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care 3.0
    NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare 3.0
    RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics 3.0
    RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research 3.0
    Major Courses
    PROJ 501 Introduction to Project Management 3.0
    NUPR 663 Communication and Self-Awareness for Leadership 4.5
    NUPR 664 The Economics and Business of Healthcare 4.5
    NUPR 665 Managing Operations and Human Resources for Quality Outcomes of Care Delivery 4.5
    Practicum Courses
    NURS 568 Practicum and Symposium in Healthcare Operations Management 3.0
    NURS 569 Practicum and Symposium in Technology and Management of Information in Healthcare Organizations 3.0
    MSN Electives
    MBA Requirements
    ACCT 510 Essentials of Financial Reporting 2.0
    BLAW 510 Analyzing Legal Options in Decision-Making 2.0
    BSAN 601 Business Analytics for Managers 3.0
    ECON 601 Managerial Economics 3.0
    FIN 601 Corporate Financial Management 3.0
    MGMT 520 Strategy Analysis 2.0
    MGMT 530 Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise 2.0
    MGMT 770 MBA Capstone 2.0
    MKTG 510 Marketing Strategy 2.0
    ORGB 511 Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach 3.0
    POM 510 Operations and Supply Chain Management 2.0
    Experiential Requirement (select one)
    BUSN 615
    Graduate Internship
    INTB 790
    International Business Seminar and Residency
    MGMT 680
    Leading for Innovation
    MGMT 715
    Business Consulting
    MIS 652
    Business Agility and IT
    ORGB 640
    Negotiations for Leaders
    TAX 715
    Tax Experiential Learning
    MBA Free Electives 8.0
    Concentration 9.0
    Total Credits 82.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
      • Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license
    • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2022-2023 is $1069 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1187 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

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    Scholarship Opportunities

    At Drexel, we understand that developing a plan to finance your education is a critical step in your decision-making process. That's why we encourage students who require financial aid to fill out the FAFSA as early in the application process as possible. Learn more about Drexel's financial aid policies. In addition, nursing students are encouraged to visit the AACN to review the many scholarship opportunities that exist through the organization.


    Academic Calendar

    2022-2023 Academic Year


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