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.).

Two Degrees, One Outstanding Program

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.

Prepare to Lead in Your Field

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.

Build a Better Foundation

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

  • Must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing; undergraduate grade point average of a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or completion of 6 credits at the graduate level with an average GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure as an RN in Massachusetts. 


  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source and from the administrative supervisor in the most recent nursing position.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate programs and graduate level courses.
  • Successful completion of a three-credit statistics course with a final grade of at least C+.
  • Current resume that includes prior education and work experience.
  • Writing Sample reflecting graduate learning goals and reasons for applying to the Elms MSN Program(maximum 3 pages); MSN/MBA dual degree candidates are to include professional goals and the reasons for apply tothe MBA program
  • Proof of licensure as an RN.


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.

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School of Nursing
Cynthia Dakin, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Graduate Nursing Studies

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