Online MSN-MBA Dual Degree Option

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Program at a Glance

  • Earn both your master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and master of business administration (MBA) online in as few as 2.5 years.*
  • Gain advanced nursing and business skills to qualify for executive-level leadership positions in health care and beyond.
  • Learn from experienced faculty who provide personalized support.
  • Prepare for Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced certifications.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
20 Hours Per Week
Course Length
10-Week Sessions (MSN)
6-Week Sessions (MBA)
Credits Required
(59 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420 (MSN)
$485 (MBA)

Online MS in Nursing and MBA Dual Degree Option Program Overview

Discover an exciting new way to combine the advanced nursing skills of an MSN with the business expertise of an MBA—and graduate with both degrees together. Purdue Global’s online MSN and MBA Dual Degree Option qualifies you to compete for leadership roles in health care—and any industry that requires advanced business solutions to complex issues.

As a student at Purdue Global, you’ll take both MSN and MBA courses, allowing you to earn both your MSN and MBA degrees in less time than it takes to earn each degree by itself

The MSN and MBA Dual Degree Option allows you to complete both degrees in just 88 credits. Earned separately, that would take 120 credits. Because master’s degree programs share a core curriculum, the credits you earn for these courses apply toward both your MSN and your MBA degrees at Purdue Global.

Classes offer 100% online flexibility; however, the program requires you to complete an MSN clinical to build hands-on experience. As a working RN, you may be able to meet this requirement at your current place of employment. Purdue Global will work with you to find local clinical experiences.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to the MSN-MBA online program.

Note: Residents of Tennessee may not enroll in this program.

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The master's degree in nursing program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in a Purdue Global online MSN Dual Degree Option, you must be an RN with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution. Refer to the University Catalog for additional requirements or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

The tuition for the MSN-MBA dual degree program is a combination of the tuition rates for the individual programs. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View the total cost of attendance for your program. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

Prepare for Industry Certifications

With your MSN and MBA degrees, and depending on the level of leadership within your organization, you will be well prepared for industry-recognized American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exams that expand your career potential, including:

Some certifications may require work experience and/or additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program.

Program Outcomes

Courses in the program work together to help you:

  • Create advanced business solutions to complex health care issues.
  • Understand fundamental business management principles.
  • Graduate with two master’s degrees in just 88 credits.

What Courses Will I Take?

All courses in Purdue Global’s MSN and MBA Dual Degree Option are updated by our curriculum department and reviewed by our advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field.

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Sample Courses
  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Epidemiology and Health Promotion
  • Business Communications
  • Financial Management
  • Applying Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice


As part of the MSN, you’ll complete the executive leadership concentration, which focuses on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology.


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  • Total Credits


  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

Having a master’s in both nursing and business administration can qualify you for management positions and leadership roles in health care settings such as hospitals, community health centers, and long-term care facilities.

Combining the complementary aspects of nursing and business also prepares you for managerial and consultant positions outside the health care industry.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Coordination
  3. Social Perceptiveness
  4. Speaking
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Completion Time: Completion time based on a full-time schedule of 17 terms. Program will take longer for part-time students to complete. Students are required to change calendar tracks twice in order to complete the courses required. When this occurs, you may experience a delay of 2 weeks or more between the end of the term and the beginning of the next available term in the alternate calendar.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.