Dual Degree Options

  • Overview

    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.

  • Curriculum

    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. A graduate of this program may elect to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) as a nurse executive. (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. A graduate of this program may elect to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) as either a nurse administrator or an advanced nurse administrator depending on their administrator experience.

    *Tuition amounts & course scheduling are discipline specific.

  • Some of Our Faculty
    • Susan Belanger, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-BC

      Co-Director for Graduate Nursing Programs

      PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
      MA, Loyola University Chicago
      MSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
      BSN, University of Southern Maine

      Learn more about Susan

    • Steven Chies

      MHA, Saint Joseph's College
      BES, University of Minnesota

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    • Joyce Shelleman

      Business Faculty

      PhD, University of Pittsburgh
      MPA, Pennsylvania State University
      BA, Millersville University

      Learn more about Joyce

    Susan Belanger, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-BC

    Co-Director for Graduate Nursing Programs

    PhD, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
    MA, Loyola University Chicago
    MSN, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
    BSN, University of Southern Maine

    Learn more about Susan

    Steven Chies

    MHA, Saint Joseph's College
    BES, University of Minnesota

    Learn more about Steven

    Joyce Shelleman

    Business Faculty

    PhD, University of Pittsburgh
    MPA, Pennsylvania State University
    BA, Millersville University

    Learn more about Joyce

  • Student Stories
    • Brenda Klahn, Oregon, 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, Charlotte, 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, East 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. They have the best advisors.”

  • Career Moves

    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.