MSN-MBA Dual Degree | Kent State University

MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program

Kent State's 100% online MSN/MBA dual degree program will prepare you to assume mid- and upper-level leadership positions in various healthcare settings. 

Offered in partnership with the top-ranked Kent State University College of Business Administration, the dual degree is for experienced nurses whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in health services agencies or in health-related companies, or who are interested in starting their own businesses.

It combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.

Coursework is integrated and concurrent, and you will develop competencies in leadership, problem-solving, and interpersonal/group management skills. You'll also receive exceptional practicum experiences with leaders and managers in health care who have nursing and/or business backgrounds.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • A flexible curriculum with a combination of online and campus-based courses, and full- and part-time options
  • 100% online courses
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • High value: A combination of academic quality, efficiency, and affordable education cost at an easily accessible location
  • The ability to obtain both an MSN and MBA in significantly less time than obtaining these degrees separately​

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN/MBA dual degree program if you meet the following criteria:

  • An active, unrestricted RN license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed
  • A baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from an accredited RN program.1
  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale.2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • The completion of the GMAT or GRE.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Completion of a two to three page admission essay describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and demonstrating clarity of professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
1. An RN with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on review of a portfolio submitted with the application
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University Graduate Admission Policy
Additional Requirements

Curriculum

The MSN/MBA dual degree program is 64 credit hours which includes 300 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 3-year full-time students.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60014 - Leadership in Nursing and Health Care Management / 3 credits
  • MKTG 65051 - Marketing Management / 2 credits
  • ACCT 63037 - Financial Accounting for Decision Making / 2 credits
  • BAD 68051 - Professional Development I / 1 credit

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60403 - Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60024 - Health Care Organization Structure and Behavior / 3 credits
  • MIS 64270 - Organizational Analysis / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010 - Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • MIS 64005 - Analytics for Decision Making / 2 credits
  • FIN 66050 - Law and Ethics / 2 credits
  • MIS 64158 - Leadership and Managerial Assessment / 2 credits
  • Business Elective / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60020 - Legal and Regulatory Management for Nurse Administrators / 3 credits
  • NURS 60025 - Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • ACCT 63038 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making / 2 credits
  • MIS 64271 - Human Resource Management / 2 credits
  • FIN 66060 - Managerial Finance / 2 credits
Year 3

Fall Semester

  • NURS 64202 - Nursing & Health Care Management I Seminar / 2 credits
  • NURS 64292 - Nursing & Health Care Management I Practicum / 2 credits
  • MIS 64041 - Operations, Svs & Supply Chain Mgt  / 2 credits
  • ECON 62022 - Managerial Economics / 2 credits
    or ECON 52086 - Economics of Health Care / 3 credits
  • MIS 64185 - Business Strategy (Capstone Course) / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 64002 - Program Development and Evaluation for Nurse Administrators / 3 credits
  • NURS 64302 - Nursing & Health Care Management II Seminar / 2 credits
  • NURS 64392 - Nursing & Health Care Management II Practicum / 2 credits
  • ECON 62021 - Global Conditions and Macroecon Policy / 2 credits