MSN - MBA

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 at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Widely recognized and respected, Cal U's mba program is currently seeking ACBSP accreditation.  View student learning outcomes.

Benefits of Getting a Dual Degree

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: MBA - MSN DUAL DEGREE

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.

 

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Cal U is ranked #2 in the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nursing Programs list published by OnlineU.
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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

 

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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

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ACC 200 Financial Accounting* 3
ACC 711 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 771 Quantitative Methods 3
BUS 799 Strategic Management 3
ECO 100* or ECO 201* Elements of Economics or Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 716 Applied Economic Analysis 3
FIN 711 Corporate Finance 3
MGT 742 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 751 International Business Management 3
MKT 711 Marketing Management 3
NUR 601 Theory and Research in Nursing 3
NUR 602 Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603 Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 604 Population Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
NUR 711 Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory 3
NUR 712 Nursing Administration and Leadership Role 3
NUR 714 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715 Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 813 Nursing Administration Role Practicum 6
Total 54 or 60

* ACC 200, ECO 100 or ECO 201 - Undergraduate Foundation Courses - These courses are only required if your admission decision letter listed the foundation courses in addition to the graduate courses in order to fulfill the graduation requirements of the program.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

MSN-MBA Dual Degree

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited BSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing management
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to use the MSN degree
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy these deficiencies)

 Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following nursing pre/co-requisite courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits Statistics

 Foundation Courses for the MBA

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following MBA foundation courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits Financial Accounting
    • 3 credits Principles of Microeconomics or 3 credits of Elements of Economics
    • To satisfy your outstanding foundation course requirements you may take the courses with Cal U, take the equivalent course at another accredited school, take CLEP tests, or take the equivalent course with Peregrine Academics.   

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)


For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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

caruthers@calu.edu

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

evanick@calu.edu

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

oconnor@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

pina@calu.edu

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

weaver_r@calu.edu

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).