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 PennWest California 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.

PennWest California's MSN graduate degree program at PennWest California 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, PennWest California's MBA program is ACBSP accredited. 

Benefits of Getting a Dual Degree


Faster finish: 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:  PennWest California'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 
PennWest California is ranked #2 in the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nursing Programs list published by OnlineU.
PennWest California 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

PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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 Courses



Course Credits
MBA Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
MSN/MBA Shared Courses  
NUR 602  Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 714  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 3
NUR 715  Financial Management in Non-profit Health Care Organizations 3
MSN Courses  
NUR 601  Theory and Research in Nursing 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
NUR 813  Nursing Administration Role Practicum 6
Total 54



Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements  

  • Regionally accredited 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 a regionally 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
    • 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:
    • Regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiency in Nursing Statics (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy deficiency)

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

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

 How to Apply:

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

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348


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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).

MBA - MSN Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor; Global Online Coordinator, MSN and MSN-MBA Programs

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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Dr. Kathleen Morouse
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Linda Pina

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at PennWest California are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (