Master of Science in Nursing

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Get to the next phase of your career and earn your master’s degree in nursing through MBU’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

The MSN degree program offers three concentration options:

  • MSN in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality
  • MSN/Master in Healthcare Administration dual curriculum (MSN/MHA)
  • MSN/Master in Business Administration dual curriculum (MSN/MBA)

Admission requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing, current unrestricted RN license, and minimum 3.0 GPA from most recent degree.


The goals of the MSN Program are to:

  1. Provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the effective leadership skills necessary for leading change to improve quality outcomes.
  2. Provide a learning environment with a solid base in the sciences and humanities that fosters ethical analysis and advanced clinical reasoning with a commitment to lifelong learning.
  3. Prepare graduates to build and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams that influence healthcare outcomes.
  4. Prepare graduates to integrate patient-centered care with evidence-based practice across the healthcare system.
  5. Support students in obtaining the knowledge and skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative nursing practices that foster safety and excellence in healthcare delivery.

MSN Concentrations Curricula

MSN in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

36 total semester hours (S.H.)

The MSN in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality degree is designed to prepare registered nurses to implement evidence-based practices for measuring and improving quality patient outcomes and managing risks in a dynamic healthcare environment. The innovative curriculum provides graduates with the leadership skills necessary to advance in the healthcare industry as it moves towards reimbursement models directly linked to quality and safety. Upon completion of the MSN in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality degree program, graduates will be prepared to employ research-based methods to lead positive change and advance health.

NUR 501/MHA 501 Organizational & Systems Leadership – 3 S.H.

NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice – 3 S.H.

NUR 503 Managing Health Outcomes through Informatics – 3 S.H.

NUR 504/MHA 504 Policy, Ethics & Legal Perspectives – 3 S.H.

NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration – 3 S.H.

NUR 602 Quality Improvement in Healthcare Practicum – 3 S.H.

NUR 606/MHA 606 Epidemiology, Vulnerable Populations & Health Promotion – 3 S.H.

NUR 610/MHA 610 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety – 3 S.H.

NUR 612 Translational Nursing Scholarship in Practice (Capstone) – 3 S.H.

MHA 611 Accountability & Public Policy – 3 S.H.

MHA 613 Leading Teams and Change Management – 3 S.H.

MHA 615 Patient and Family Engagement and Activation – 3 S.H.

The MHA program will offer a certificate in Quality and Systems Safety at the completion of the first 18 semester hours of MHA coursework.

Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Healthcare Administration (MSN/MHA)

48 total semester hours (S.H.)

The Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Healthcare Administration (MSN/MHA) dual degree curriculum is designed to prepare nurse leaders with a unique blend of interprofessional skills in both nursing education and healthcare administration. This program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make critical decisions in healthcare organizations. Earning the MSN/MHA dual degree combined with experience as an RN will prepare graduates to be an effective nursing administrator in a variety of healthcare settings.

(Cross-listed courses between the MSN and MHA tracks – 12 S.H.)

NUR 501/MHA 501 Organizational & Systems Leadership – 3 S.H.

NUR 504/MHA 504 Policy, Ethics & Legal Perspectives – 3 S.H.

NUR 606/MHA 606 Epidemiology, Vulnerable Populations & Health Promotion – 3 S.H.

NUR 610/MHA 610 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety – 3 S.H.

(MSN Requirements – 15 S.H.)

NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice – 3 S.H.

NUR 503 Managing Health Outcomes through Informatics – 3 S.H.

NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration – 3 S.H.

NUR 600 Practicum/Role of the Nurse Administrator – 3 S.H.

NUR 612 Translational Nursing Scholarship in Practice (Capstone) – 3 S.H.

(MHA Requirements – 21 S.H.)

MHA/BUAD 502 The Business of Healthcare – 3 S.H.

MHA 506 Health Analytics and Decision Support – 3 S.H.

MHA 508 Healthcare as a Sociotechnical System – 3 S.H.

MHA 600 Human Resources Management & Interprofessional Healthcare Teams – 3 S.H.

MHA 601 Quantitative & Qualitative Methods for Decisions in Health Systems – 3 S.H.

MHA 605 Healthcare Marketing & Public Relations – 3 S.H.

MHA 611 Accountability & Public Policy – 3 S.H.

The MHA program will offer a certificate in Health Systems Leadership at the completion of the first 18 semester hours of MHA coursework.

Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)

48 total semester hours (S.H.)

The Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) dual degree curriculum is designed for nurses pursuing a leadership position at the executive level. This program provides graduates with an advanced skill set in business management and healthcare leadership. The innovative curriculum will provide the nurse leader with a higher level perspective on operations and effective business strategies. Earning the MSN/MBA dual degree will prepare graduates to make the critical decisions to ensure quality and safe care delivery to individuals, populations or communities in a variety of healthcare delivery systems.

(Cross-listed courses between the MSN and MBA tracks – 6 S.H.)

NUR/BUAD 701 Apex Project – 6 S.H.

(MSN Requirements – 21 S.H.)

NUR 501 Organizational & Systems Leadership – 3 S.H.

NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice – 3 S.H.

NUR 503 Managing Health Outcomes through Informatics – 3 S.H.

NUR 504 Policy, Ethics & Legal Perspectives – 3 S.H.

NUR 505 Population Health & Interprofessional Collaboration – 3 S.H.

NUR 601 Practicum/Role of the Nurse Executive – 3 S.H.

NUR 610 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety – 3 S.H.

(MBA Requirements – 21 S.H.)

MHA/BUAD 502 The Business of Healthcare – 3 S.H.

BUAD 560 Managerial Accounting & Finance – 3 S. H.

BUAD 561 Entrepreneurial Leadership & Strategies in Healthcare – 3 S.H.

BUAD 562 Medical Innovation & Project management – 3 S.H.

BUAD 563 Marketing & Branding in Healthcare – 3 S.H.

BUAD 564 Human Capital Management in Healthcare – 3 S.H.

BUAD 660 Strategic Planning & Process Improvement – 3 S.H.

The MBA program will offer a certificate in Healthcare Business at the completion of the first 18 semester hours of the BUAD courses in this dual degree program.

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