MSN - MBA 100% Online Dual Degree Program

About Nursing Administration and Leadership, and Business

Be ready for a strong career in a complex healthcare environment.

The master's degree in nursing administration and leadership combined with an MBA at California University of Pennsylvania enables working nurse professionals to gain a broad perspective on the business issues critical to medical settings.   

The MSN - MBA dual degree program is a 100% online professional graduate degree program that can be completed in 2½ years or less.   

Gain specialized skills in the delivery of healthcare. 

The MBA portion of this dual degree program provides nurse leaders with business knowledge to support a wide range of positions, such as chief nurse officer or healthcare administrator, and to prepare those in healthcare-related entrepreneurial ventures.

Cal U's MSN graduate degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).    


Faster finish: Cal U launched the MSN - MBA dual degree option in spring 2016.  Students who have required MBA foundation courses can complete the dual degree with only 54 credit hours instead of the 66 credit hours required if the MSN and MBA programs were completed separately.

Job-ready:  Cal U's MSN degree is designed to develop expert nurse administrators and leaders in the delivery of healthcare services and programs to individuals, families and group across the lifespan in a variety of acute-care and community settings.


Top 10 
Cal U is ranked #2 in the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nursing Programs list published by OnlineU.
Cal U MSN alumni who have completed two foundation courses can complete an MBA with an additional 24 credits.
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Degree Benefits

The MSN- MBA dual degree program was developed for working nurse professional to examine the latest business issues relevant to healthcare and medical settings, and also to gain the highly desired MBA credential.  MSN - MBA courses include:

  • Financial Management in Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations.
  • Information Systems for Nurses in Healthcare Organizations.
  • Corporate Finance.
  • Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's MSN - MBA dual degree program enables nurse leaders to develop skills in business, leadership and more to thrive in today's complex healthcare environment. Students from around the nation and internationally can complete this dual degree program to enhance future career options. A sampling of employers in Pennsylvania and beyond who hire Cal U graduates includes:

  • Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) hospitals.
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC).
  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
  • West Virginia University
  • Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
  • U.S. Navy, U.S. Army


MSN - MBA Dual Degree
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Alumni Ratings

According to the 2016 MSN program Alumni Survey: 

  • 95% were prepared to assume a role as a nurse administrator or leader.
  • 100% were prepared to synthesize nursing theories with practice principles and methodologies for a variety of healthcare environments.
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Capstone Focus

Among MSN courses in the dual degree program, the Nursing Administration Role practicum requires students to spend 150 hours with a preceptor and under the guidance of faculty to work on a quality improvement project. Since many students complete the practicum where they work, they can develop a QI project that has meaning and relevance in their own workplace.

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Certification Eligibility

In addition to earning valued MSN and MBA credentials, MSN-MBA degree students also are prepared to take certification exams from:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).


MSN - MBA Dual Degree Courses

Example Courses
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Nursing Administration and Leadership Role
  • Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Policy in Nursing

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The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs of California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

MBA - MSN Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Assistant Professor

Dr. Joan Clites
Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Davies
Assistant Professor
Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor and Global Online MSN Program Coordinator

Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

Dr. Robin Weaver
Assistant Professor, Global Online RN-BSN Program Coordinator


Benefits of Getting a Dual Degree