The Division of Nursing and the Division of Business have joined together to offer a dual degree program leading to two separate graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).
The program of study for the dual degree is organized so students can earn the two individual master's degrees simultaneously. The students are enrolled and taking courses in both programs concurrently, respecting the prerequisites of each program. The dual degree can be completed in 60 credits and in approximately 35 months of full-time study.
Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of nursing, education and business, the M.S.N. program provides experienced nurses with the education and skills needed to function in a rapidly changing health care environment requiring new and innovative approaches to nursing and management.
The M.S.N. program provides a contemporary core curriculum coupled with a interdisciplinary, specialty track in nursing and health services management. The M.S.N./M.B.A. dual degree program will create a special opportunity for nursing students specializing in nursing and health services management to also acquire the breadth of knowledge and skills in business management needed to perform effectively and creatively at the business and clinical interface of contemporary health care organizations.
A key component and required prerequisite course in the M.S.N./M.B.A. dual degree program is the Accelerated Business Foundations course. This course is designed for students who do not have a business background or for students who are interested in a refresher prior to starting their M.B.A.
Delivered in a face-to-face format, the Accelerated Business Foundations course provides an overview in the following topics: accounting, finance, management, marketing, law, and economics. Students will gain knowledge regarding financial statements, principles of economics, fundamentals of marketing and management, financial ratios, basic business and legal terminology, and basic Microsoft Excel.
Nurses interested in the M.S.N./M.B.A. dual degree track must apply to both the Division of Nursing and the Division of Business. A cover letter should be included with the completed applications identifying that the individual is applying for the M.S.N./M.B.A. dual degree program.
All candidates are required to complete a face-to-face informational interview with the assistant director of nursing graduate studies or member of the graduate faculty prior to consideration for acceptance.
M.S.N./M.B.A. dual degree candidates must also complete a face-to-face informational interview with the M.B.A. program director or member of the M.B.A. faculty prior to consideration for acceptance.
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.