Dual Degree Options- Combine MSN degree with MBA or MHA


A dual degree allows a student to earn two graduate degrees concurrently.

These online dual degrees are for the RN who holds a Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of work experience. It is designed for those who wish to earn both the MSN (administrative track) and either the MHA or the MBA for a total of 60 credits. Core content is shared so fewer credits are completed overall, but a student cannot finish either degree early.

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How much will this program cost?

Total Cost: $37,080*

*Excludes the cost of textbooks and nursing clinical fees. Assumes no transfer of credit, and, at the graduate level, that all preparatory requirements have been met. Prices are subject to change. For full tuition and fee details.

How long will it take?

  • Dual MSN/MBA*: Full-time, less than 3 yr. Part-time, 4 yr 6 mo.
  • Dual MSN/MHA*: Full-time, 3 yr. Part-time, 5 yr.

* These timelines assume all prep classes have been met and that the student takes no breaks between terms. Full-time is two courses per term, part-time is one course per term.


MSN/MHA Dual Degree

Required Credits: 60

The MSN/MHA dual degree is designed for nurses who are, or plan to be, CEOs and facility or hospital administrators. Further, nurse managers in hospitals applying for ANCC’s Magnet status will be required to hold a MSN by 2013, but many nurse managers want the MHA to speak the language of their peers. (Tuition amounts may vary depending on course and discipline.)

MSN/MBA Dual Degree

Required Credits: 60

The MSN/MBA dual degree appeals to the nurses who are, or who plan to be, managers, directors of nursing, or chief nursing officers (CNO). Further, nurse managers in hospitals applying for ANCC’s Magnet status will be required to hold a MSN by 2013, but many nurse managers want the MBA to speak the language of their peers.

*Tuition amounts & course scheduling are discipline specific.


Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNP
Kelly Hudock, CRNP, DNPProgram Coordinator, Graduate Nursing
DNP, Rush University
MSN-FNP, Desales University
BSN, Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
Steven Chies
Steven ChiesHealth Admin Faculty
MHA, Saint Joseph’s College
BES, University of Minnesota
Joyce Shelleman
Joyce ShellemanBusiness Faculty
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MPA, Pennsylvania State University
BA, Millersville University


Brenda Klahn
Brenda KlahnOregon, WI
“I was surprised how much I could learn online. You would think that you have to be in a classroom to learn. But the way you could read the thoughts of others on the discussion board was challenging and interesting.”
Lourdes James
Lourdes JamesCharlotte, NC
“It has been a dream to go to the master’s level. I wanted to become more independent and autonomous. I’m just amazed that I made it through with full-time work and kids to manage. It was SO much.”
Rosemarie Romito
Rosemarie RomitoEast Longmeadow, MA
“I’ve always wanted to earn this degree. Saint Joseph’s College made it possible so that I could continue working full time and study in the middle of the night. I was surprised how supportive the teachers were. [Saint Joseph’s] has the best advisors.”


Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.

Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The MSN (regardless of track) is now the required degree for teaching in RN preparation programs. In some states, the MSN is required for staff development roles as well.