At least 4 different universities throughout Illinois offer dual Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs. These programs typically require 60 or more credits and may be available in online formats. Here we discuss a few of the available programs and their unique features.
Illinois Schools with Dual MSN/MBA Programs
Lewis University in Romeoville provides a dual MSN/MBA program that totals 63 credits. Students must complete 33 credits for the MSN and 30 credits for the MBA. The MSN portion of the degree requires a capstone project in healthcare systems leadership and a practicum experience, while the MBA portion of the program requires a major field test. The university does offer a variety of scholarships and discounts to help qualified students pay for their education.
Saint Xavier University
Saint Xavier University in Chicago has a dual MSN/MBA program that allows students to earn both degrees faster than taking each program separately. Students first complete the MSN portion of the degree and can choose from tracks in clinical leadership, family nurse practitioner, or executive leadership. Courses for the clinical leadership and executive leadership track are only available online, while the family nurse practitioner track is only available on-campus. The program concludes with business foundation courses and 8 core MBA courses.
McKendree University in Lebanon offers an online dual MSN/MBA program that totals 60 credits. Students can take the program full- or part-time and classes are typically 8-weeks long, but some may be 16 weeks in length. The MSN portion of the degree does require a practicum experience and a scholarly project. The MBA portion of the program may require foundational business courses for students without undergraduate coursework in business.
Benedictine University in Lisle also has an online dual MSN/MBA program that requires 23 courses. Students can complete the program in 2.5 to 4 years and has students complete the MSN portion of the degree first, followed by the MBA portion. The entire program totals 78 credits and includes a clinical immersion and capstone project for the nurse executive leader concentration in the MSN portion of the program. The MBA portion of the degree requires 42 credits and includes course topics in team building, international business, and project management.
Common Entrance Requirements
Most dual MSN/MBA programs in Illinois require students to meet the admissions standards for the MSN program and the MBA program separately. Some programs may guarantee admission to the MBA portion of the program if students are admitted to the MSN program. Applicants to MSN programs may need a nursing license, an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing, coursework in statistics and research, a specific GPA, and/or health and safety requirements, such as immunizations. Application materials for the MSN may include transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, and letter of intent or essay. MBA programs may also need a student's transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume, letter of intent, and/or conduct an interview process.
Students in Illinois can choose from several MSN/MBA dual degree programs in the state that typically require hands-on experiences and capstone experiences. Some of these programs are available online and may allow students to specialize in a particular area of nursing for the MSN portion of the degree program.