Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)

MSN-MBA Program | WVU School of Nursing

Are you thinking about taking on a leadership role in a healthcare organization? Let us give you the tools you need to succeed.

The WVU School of Nursing and The John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University created the first off-campus dual master's degree program to give you the skills and knowledge to serve as a nurse leader. Graduates of the MSN (Executive Focus) and MBA program can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and public sectors.

This blended degree program totaling 57 credit hours is completed completely online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Students take courses from both the MSN and MBA program concurrently, allowing assimilation of advanced business management concepts into the nursing administration role.

  • Completion in eight semesters of full-time study, including summer sessions
  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for Nurse Executive, Advanced certification (ANCC) or the Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (AONE) exams after having held a nursing administration position for at least two years.
  • MSN Executive Focus major is offered only to students enrolled in the dual MSN/MBA degree program. The combined MSN/MBA curriculum meets the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executive Competencies and the expectations of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Students enrolled in the program may begin in August or January of each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions schedule.

MSN/MBA Required Courses/Progression Plans

Course Descriptions

Please contact Dr. Becky Smeltzer for full details on course descriptions.