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100% Online Dual Degree

Combine two valuable degrees for powerful advancement in the field of healthcare.

Prepare for a dynamic career in a complex healthcare environment by earning this highly desirable dual degree. The Master of Science in Nursing and Leadership (MSN) coupled with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) enables working nurse professionals to gain a broad perspective on the business issues critical in today’s medical landscape. Best of all, you can do it completely online.

By combining your expertise in patient care along with strong business management skills, you will be qualified to pursue many career options. You could continue in the nursing profession, advance into managerial roles, seek a position with a government agency, or start working in an executive capacity within a clinic or a larger hospital.

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Fully Accredited

PennWest’s MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


MSN alumni can complete an MBA with only 24 additional credits.

Certification Eligibility

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take certification exams from the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Fast Facts


The dual MBA-MSN  offers tremendous advantages, including promotions, raises and new job opportunities.


24 MBA Credits,
12 MSN Credits


100% online


Graduate Admissions

Careers and Salaries

Advantages of a Dual Degree

The MSN-MBA dual degree program was developed for working nurse professionals to examine the latest business issues relevant to healthcare and medical settings, and also to gain the highly desired MBA credential. It provides nurse leaders with business knowledge to support a wide range of positions, such as chief nurse officer or healthcare administrator, and to prepare for healthcare-related entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Health Policy in Nursing
  • Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration
  • Financial Management in Non-Profit Health Care Organizations

Graduate Outcomes

The MBA component prepares graduates to:

  1. Solve organizational challenges in an uncertain, interdependent world by selecting and integrating business concepts.
  2. Leverage a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and technological business tools to inform evidence-based, ethical, and financially sound decisions.
  3. Assess the impact of business processes and decisions on the enterprise and its people, the community, broader society, and the environment as a whole.
  4. Set workable strategic goals, negotiate alternatives, and formulate ethical implementations through collaborative leadership and teamwork.
  5. Craft and present evidence, processes, and decisions through effective oral, visual, and written communications to a variety of stakeholders.
  6. Develop a personal plan to become an ethical leader, effective manager, and informed global citizen in an ever-changing world.

The MSN component prepares graduates to:

  1. Gain insight in to applying strategic decision making to questions of health policy, the health care industry, and health care delivery.
  2. Apply modern quantitative tools, database management skills, and information systems to improve decision making and program evaluation.
  3. Appreciate the legal, ethical and regulatory framework in which various entities in the health care industry operate and understand how sound management practices rely upon this framework.
  4. Understand the unique aspects of finance, accounting and other business disciplines as they apply to the health care industry and appreciate similarities and differences between operations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Resume if GPA is under 3.0
  • Currently enrolled in MSN in good standing with PennWest or
  • PennWest MSN Graduate (within the past ten years).  Those beyond 10 years will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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