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MSN + MBA: Nursing and Business Administration Dual Degree, MSN + MBA

Overview

The Nurse Executive MSN/MBA Dual Degree program prepares graduates for employment in executive leadership positions throughout healthcare systems and organizations.

The business focus of this program will give you the knowledge and skills required of nurse leaders in administration, management, and health policy roles. At the same time, you'll gain nursing science expertise in both scientific and practice disciplines.

  • Our program is offered in both full- and part-time settings through an online, in-class, or hybrid format.
  • Our students complete clinical requirements in our network of nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

As an MSN/MBA graduate, you will be eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Administrator certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Administrative practicum placements are arranged by the Clinical Liaison and Clinical Faculty in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. 

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in three calendar years
  • Part-time students can complete the program in five calendar years

Online, hybrid and in-class courses

  • Complete all courses completely online or in hybrid format

Admissions Requirements

MSN Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  • An active registered nurse license or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse is also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all MSN programs.

  • Evidence of the equivalent of 12 months full-time nursing practice within the last three (3) years

  • For the Post-Master's Certification Programs, evidence of a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a practicing licensed registered nurse within the past two (2) years

How to Apply

*For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, completion of the GRE or MAT will be required to be considered for admission to the program

*International applicants (regardless of citizenship) for whom English is a second language must submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, iBT, IELTS, or CAE) as part of their application. An official copy of test results must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Nursing Department at DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Visit the following websites for up-to-date information:

* All exams must have been taken within two years of application to a DeSales program.

Additional admission requirements for the MSN/MBA Dual Degree program

Curriculum

The curriculum for the MSN/MBA program combines leadership and business principles with the tenets of healthcare, from both a clinical and administrative perspective. This blend of courses will result in a highly sought-after credential, the MSN/MBA, and will result in a unique skill set that encompasses financial, legal, strategic, clinical, and legal training.

Here is a sampling of courses you'll take*:

MSN Core Courses

  • NU 522: Health Policy, Organization & Financing
  • NU 530: Applied Research
  • NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health
  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality, & Safety

MBA Core Courses

  • CR 501: Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • CR 504: Marketing Management
  • CR 505: Organization Management
  • CR 506: Financial Management
  • CR 507: Executive Skill Development
  • CR 508: Business Computing

MSN/MBA Curriculum Summary

  • 18 Courses plus Portfolio
  • 58 Credits
  • 525 Clinical Practicum Hours

*View all required courses and MSN program outcomes in the Graduate Catalog.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Sequencing
Courses toward the MSN/MBA Dual Degree program are offered through both the Department of Nursing and Health and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. Normally, the MBA Foundation and Concentration courses follow core courses in the MSN Program. Finally, a sequence of clinical practicum courses completes the degree requirements. 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are as follows.

  • Tuition/credit hour: $855
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Re-admission Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Laboratory Fee*: $250
  • Returned Check Service: $30

*Laboratory fees are due on registration for: NU 551, NU 552, NU 553, NU 622, NU 625, NU 711, NU 712, NU 713, NU 715, NU 717, NU 719, NU 729, NU 731, NU 735, NU 737, NU 739, NU 742, NU 743, NU 744

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

The refund policy is based upon the number of classes held up to 
the date of withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded

  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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