Online MSN-MHCA Dual Degree Option

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Program at a Glance

  • Earn both your master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and Master of Health Care Administration (MHCA) online in as few as 2 years.
  • Develop advanced nursing, health care management, and leadership skills to qualify for positions in hospital administration and health care organizations, including medical insurance companies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Prepare to respond to the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in both local and global settings.
  • Be eligible to sit for advanced certifications such as the Nurse Executive, offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).*
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Course Effort
15 Hours Per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2 Years
Credits Required
(49 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420 (MSN)
$485 (MHCA)

Online Master’s in Nursing and Master of Health Care Administration Dual Degree Option Overview

Prepare to make a lasting impact on the health care industry with Purdue Global’s online MSN and MHCA Dual Degree Option. This program empowers registered nurses to take on leadership positions in hospital settings, long-term care facilities, ambulatory clinics, and within the health care industry.

Gain a competitive edge in your career by combining the advanced nursing skills of an MSN degree with the management expertise and flexibility of an online health care administration degree. With this dual master’s, you will focus your expertise on improving the delivery of health services in your community and meeting the challenges of the ever-changing industry.

Leverage the expertise of the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences and become a nursing leader in less time than it would take to earn each degree separately. Because master’s degree programs share a core curriculum, the credits you earn for these courses apply toward both degrees.

Classes offer 100% online flexibility; however, those pursuing the executive leader concentration must complete an MSN clinical to further build hands-on experience.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to 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 (

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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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.

Prepare for Industry Certifications

With your MSN and MHCA degrees, and depending on your level of leadership within your organization, you will be well prepared to sit 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.

Ways to Save

  • 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

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in this program will help you build upon your nursing skills and develop expertise in administration and management, from strategic planning and human resources to quality assessment and more. You’ll learn how to harness your previous experience and new knowledge and apply it to real-world challenges.

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Sample Courses
  • Organizational Development in Health Care
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Health Care Operations and Quality Assessment
  • Leadership in Health Care
  • Health Information Application and System


As part of the MSN, you’ll complete the executive leadership concentration, which focuses on leadership competencies, design and rework of work systems, and advanced nursing practice principles.

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Concentration Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

With the dual master’s degrees in nursing and health care administration, you can qualify for executive-level positions and leadership roles in hospital settings, long-term care facilities, ambulatory clinics, and within the health care industry.

The need for leaders in the medical industry is growing. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent, much faster than average for all occupations, from 2021 to 2031.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Active listening
  3. Judgement and decision-making
  4. Systems analysis
  5. Complex problem solving

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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*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. Eligibility is dependent on your level of leadership with your organization.

Job Growth for Medical and Health Services Managers: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.