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About the MSN + MBA

Why Pursue an MSN + MBA at Cedarville?

If you are a current MSN Nursing Leadership student who is interested in acquiring business and leadership skills to advance your career into an administrative or executive leadership role, Cedarville’s MSN + MBA is a great option for you. Today’s nurses are increasingly seeking leadership roles within healthcare systems, and they bring valuable experience and expertise to the table. This unique MSN + MBA will prepare you for high-level administrative positions within hospitals, medical clinics, and other care facilities.

Working collaboratively, Cedarville’s School of Nursing and Robert W. Plaster Business Administration offer a distinctly Christian MSN and MBA. This combined program allows you to add an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) while you are completing your online Master of Science in Nursing, saving both time and money. If you want to pursue the MSN + MBA, you should choose the MSN-Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement area of focus for your MSN or add the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership.

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A limited number of $5,000 scholarships are now available to new graduate nursing students with financial need. Apply now to see if you qualify!

Top 5 in Ohio

U.S. News & World Report listed Cedarville University’s online graduate nursing program in the top 100 programs nationally and top 5 in Ohio.

For more information related to our MSN and DNP degree programs, visit our Insights Blog where you can read interesting posts like Balancing Job, Family, and Grad School: 5 Principles for Christian Nurses.

What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Advanced Practice

    Cedarville's M.S.N. will equip you with the training and skills you need to serve as an advanced practice nurse.
  • Online

    All MSN and DNP courses are offered in an online format, with flexible part-time and full-time completion options.

Program Overview

MSN+MBA Highlights

Biblical — Cedarville’s commitment to the authority of the Bible is the basis for discussions on medical ethics, the sanctity of life, origins, and the balanced integration of faith and learning. As a result, you will be equipped to influence your profession and culture for Christ. You will also study business through a biblical lens that emphasizes excellence in personal standards, stewardship of God-given talents and resources, leadership with a servant’s heart, and kingdom influence through serving others.

Cost Effective — Your MSN Nursing Leadership area of focus courses will satisfy up to one-third of the MBA coursework, reducing the time – and cost – it will take to complete the MBA portion of your dual degree.

Employability — By adding an MBA to your MSN degree, you will be equipped for management and high-level administration roles within various healthcare settings.



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What Can You Do With an MSN + MBA?

With an MSN + MBA, you will be equipped with the business and leadership skills for management and high-level administration roles within various healthcare settings, including:

  • Clinical Administrator
  • Nursing Director
  • Executive Manager
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Hospital Administrator

Master of Business Administration

Cedarville University's Christian MBA online program is specifically designed for Christian professionals who view their work as a platform for ministry.

Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Listen as Cedarville's president, Dr. Thomas White, discusses how our graduate programs can help you steward your God-given talents for His glory.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Outreach — You can participate in short-term medical missions trips.

Clinical Experience — You will complete direct care clinical experiences in various aspects of healthcare.

Hands-on MBA — Courses are designed for the online environment but include hands-on case studies, projects chosen by the student, simulation games, and personal development.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

MSN + MBA Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

MSN + MBA Cost Information

Program Start Dates — You can enroll and begin classes in August or January.

Program Curriculum

You will complete 12 graduate nursing core semester hours, 9 direct care core semester hours, 20 semester hours of specialty courses, and 3 semester hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative). For your MBA, you will take eight core MBA courses that will give you general business knowledge and skills. These 27 hours combined with the nine hours of MSN Nurse Leadership in Healthcare Innovation elective courses (taken as part of your MSN) will complete your MBA requirements. This dual degree opportunity is jointly offered by the School of Business and the School of Nursing.

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Program Contacts

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John Delano, PhD

Associate Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business; Professor of Information Technology Management


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Kim Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, PNP Area of Focus Coordinator


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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs


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