Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems

The Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Dual Degree) is designed to afford experienced nurses having completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with the opportunity to develop cross-functional business management skills and leadership competences appropriate to preparing individuals in the nursing and health care fields for advanced management and executive positions.

This masters in nursing leadership and management program goes beyond patient care and studies the business side of health care by examining the costs, how to set and maintain a budget, and the management of workforce challenges. Graduates of this degree may be prepared to either fulfill an entrepreneurial goal and start their own health company or move into a leadership role within a health care organization, such as Chief Nursing Officer, VP of Patient Services, or Chief Executive Officer.

The following topics are included in the masters in nursing leadership and management: leadership theory and application, finance, accounting, economics, quantitative methods, marketing management, managerial accounting, managerial finance, operations management, and ethics in the healthcare system. Other courses examine nursing as a profession and a discipline and the role of the nurse as a vital member of the interprofessional team providing patient-centered care. Students will explore and learn to apply the theoretical foundations for nursing practice. The behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change are studied, as well as intervention strategies and application skills. Nursing and health care research and its application to nursing education, nursing practice, and the delivery of health care services will also be explored. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge into practice.

A capstone course culminates the program, which provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a business problem, issue, or concern in professional practice. Students identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention; search literature; propose a solution; and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcome(s), and disseminate the findings.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and masters degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.