Exploring the Benefits of an MSN-MBA Dual Degree

nursing student looking at a clipboard by Lauren Abraham Posted on March 28, 2016  in  [ Nursing & Health Care ]

Today, there are many unique opportunities for those who want to pursue a career in nursing. In addition to a variety of employment opportunities in the field, there are also many options for nurses when it comes to advancing their education.

Choosing the right online degree program is essential in preparing for a particular career path. Individuals looking to succeed in nursing may benefit from an education that provides additional knowledge in another practice. For example, at Grand Canyon University, experienced nurses who want to develop business management skills can earn a Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. This MSN-MBA dual degree allows nurses to develop advanced management skills and explore a wide range of opportunities in the industry.

The MSN-MBA Dual Degree Program

In GCU’s program, students study a variety of topics, such as nursing leadership and management, leadership theory and application, accounting, economics, operations management and ethics in healthcare settings. The online MSN-MBA dual degree program integrates advanced business theories, such as organizational effectiveness and change management, into the application of nursing practice. In addition, this online degree covers behavioral forces and relationships that have the potential to impact business processes.

At the end of the program, students complete a capstone course in which they put together a practice project proposal that addresses a business problem. Students identify the problem, search literature, propose a solution, develop a plan to implement the solution and evaluate the outcomes. This capstone project combines everything students learn in the program, and prepares them for the kind of work they will do in the field.

MSN-MBA Career Outcomes

Because of the integration of advanced healthcare theories and business concepts in the MSN-MBA dual degree program, graduates are equipped to successfully grow healthcare organizations of all kinds. They are prepared to fill entrepreneurial roles and start companies or take on leadership positions in organizations. This dual degree program allows individuals to meet the needs of both their patients and the organization for which they work, making them valuable in the field.

Individuals who complete the program have the opportunity to pursue a career where they can interact with patients while overseeing other nurses. In addition, they can transition into more business-oriented roles working for a large healthcare organization. They may even find success working in the public sector, specializing in advocacy work (“What Can I Do with an MSN and an MBA,” 2016). Specifically, potential careers may include chief nursing officer, vice president of patient services and chief executive officer.

In today’s rapidly changing healthcare field, individuals with business and nursing knowledge can find great success. In earning a MSN-MBA dual degree, they can unlock opportunities and positively impact organizations and the lives of their patients.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is committed to developing graduates who provide quality care centered on best evidence to meet the needs of the populations they serve. To learn more about GCU, visit our website.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communication at GCU.


  • What Can I Do with an MSN and an MBA? (2016). Retrieved from bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com/faq/msn-mba
Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham is an alum at Grand Canyon University studying communication with a minor in marketing. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living in the Valley.
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