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Designed for Working Nurses

Flexible, online format with no fixed log-in times

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Earn Two Master’s Degrees in Less Time

Graduate in just 2.5 years

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No GMAT/GRE Required

Begin your journey toward becoming a leader in business and nursing

Online MSN-MBA Dual Degree Program Overview 

Spring Arbor offers one of the best online Master of Science in Nursing – Master of Business Administration (MSN-MBA) dual degree programs in the Midwest, ranked in the top tier of regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. With a flexible online format, students nationwide can emerge as leaders in business and nursing through our MSN MBA dual degree program.  

Throughout the online MSN-MBA program, students learn how to oversee clinical operations, expand services, and establish policies and procedures that ensure optimal patient care. 

As a student in the online MSN-MBA program, you can: 

  • Earn your degree and keep your work schedule - take one course at a time with no required log-in times. 
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7 week courses, 1 week break). 
  • Embark on a journey of professional, personal and spiritual development through a rigorous academic curriculum grounded in Christian ethics. 
  • Balance work-home-school life with the support of your dedicated Student Success Coach. 
  • Prepare for the AONL Certified Nurse Manager exam and/or the ANCC Nurse Executive Certification exam. 

Spring Arbor University's online MSN-MBA dual degree program is CCNE-accredited and highly ranked for academic quality.  

The master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Access our free guide to learn which Spring Arbor program is the best fit for you. In our free guide, you’ll get:

  • Course descriptions
  • Program Requirements
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I have or will have at least a bachelor’s degree. 
I have or will have at least a high school diploma or GED.
I have or will have at least an associate degree or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a master's degree in nursing.
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Upcoming Start Dates

Next application deadline:
July 30, 2024

Next start date:
 September 3, 2024

Online MSN/MBA Dual Degree Program: Fast Facts 

Designed for Working Nurses 

  • 61 credits  
  • 570 clinical hours 
  • Just one 3-day campus residency in year two 
  • Online, asynchronous coursework 
  • 6 intakes per year 
  • Take one seven-week course at a time and enjoy a week off in between 
  • Flexible login times — complete your assignments on your schedule  

Inspiring Outcomes 

  • Ranked on a national and regional level for its academic quality and value 

Online MSN-MBA Program Curriculum

Featured Courses:

For a complete listing of courses, contact us for a program guide.

Introduces students to leadership in business administration as a foundation for effective management of the organization. Explores leadership from the perspective of the practicing manager and focuses on individual, group, and organizational leadership. Covers the nature of leadership, leading change, leadership effectiveness, leadership development, and traditional and emerging leadership theories. Special emphasis is placed upon self-leadership and professional leadership assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses in handling specific managerial issues and responsibilities.

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of accounting as a discipline to support managerial decision making in businesses. Examines the use of information for data driven decision making, including organizational level performance measurements. Covers financial ratio calculations and analysis, preparation of financial statements, taxes, accounting liquidity, contribution margin, budgeting, and auditing issues.

Introduces the principles of service and stewardship through marketing management. Focuses on developing an understanding of the role of markets and marketing from an economic thinking perspective including an analysis of product markets and developing marketing strategies that will provide sustainable competitive advantage. Special emphasis is placed upon the integration of concepts, principles, and techniques of marketing through application within client organizations.

Topics include customer value and satisfaction, market research and surveys, marketing segmentation differentiation, positioning, and the development and execution of marketing plans.

Specialize your skills and choose from one of these concentrations: 

  • Healthcare Administration: Address the complexities and trends in the healthcare industry by focusing on contemporary issues in healthcare administration, policy, economics, quality and strategy of health care management 
  • Human Resource Development: Prepare to effectively lead a human resources department, while learning how to influence organizational behaviors, enhance group and team performance and promote workplace learning and development 
  • Management: Engage your competitive strategy skills in a computer-simulated business environment, as well as examine management and human resource development, management statistics and ethical leadership topics 
  • Organizational Consulting: Understand, predict and influence individual and group behavior to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical organizations 
  • Executive Leadership: Develop skills to think strategically and become an expert in planning corporate growth, strategic development & long-term development 
  • Executive Communication: Gain the experience needed to communicate effectively in a corporate environment, focusing on effective listening, feedback and advanced conflict resolution strategies 
  • Cybersecurity and Data: Develop the competencies necessary to keep digital information secure as you develop the fundamentals of protecting and utilizing data effectively 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Typically, our nursing classes have 20-25 students. 
  • SAU’s online BSN to MSN-MBA program can be completed in just under 2.5 years 
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week breaks). 

To be accepted in SAU’s MSN programs, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN) 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended 
  • A 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits 
  • Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment 
  • Short personal statement 
  • Completed online application 

MSN-MBA Dual Degree Careers & Outcomes

The MSN MBA salary range varies, but is typically very rewarding. A popular career for those who hold this degree is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). CNOs are responsible for ensuring that patient-care, clinical and staffing standards are met. Chief Nursing Officers with an MSN-MBA earn a median salary of over *$120,000.

Additionally, upon graduation, you will be qualified to teach both nursing and business. You will also graduate prepared to sit the AONL Certified Nurse Manager exam and/or the ANCC Nurse Executive Certification exam.

What Graduates Say:

Angelica Reid

“So far the experience has been absolutely amazing … The application process was super easy, [and] the support that I had was amazing. I constantly had the admissions advisor calling me, following up on paperwork, and just keeping me on course as I was applying. It was just so easy!” – Angelica Reid, MSN/MBA

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

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