School of Nursing

MS in Nursing - Dual Degree: Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration

In collaboration with the School of Business, the School of Nursing offers a joint Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (M.S./M.B.A.). The dual master's degree in nursing and business administration at the University of Southern Maine is designed for students in the health professions who wish to combine advanced nursing practice with the analytical tools of business. Graduates are prepared for leadership positions in health care with emphasis on developing the skills needed to inform and guide organizational change.

This degree program is currently being revised. Please contact the graduate nursing coordinator for more information.

Admission to this program is done jointly by the School of Nursing and the School of Business. Several factors are evaluated in determining a candidate's admissibility to the two programs that make up the dual degree. Included in the assessment of a candidate's potential to perform satisfactorily in the programs are the undergraduate grade point average, accredited nursing baccalaureate degree, and academic performance in any previous graduate coursework,

The number of required clinical hours (contact hours) in the nursing component is not based on a credit hour-to-contact hour basis. The MS portion of the degree has a total of 336 clinical hours: 168 hours in Clinical Immersion I and 168 hours in Clinical Immersion II.

Students must complete all course requirements from nursing and business prior to the awarding of either degree.

Graduate Nursing Requirements

Application Deadlines

Spring semester admission–October 1

Fall semester admission–April 1

Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Buisness Admisintration (MS/MBA) degree program is on a competitive basis. Candidates must apply to and be accepted by both programs in order to be admitted to the dual degree program. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing.
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average.
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics which includes descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment.
  • Test Scores: GRE taken with five years of application submission
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      • Taken prior to August 1, 2011 - combined aptitude scores of 1,000 (V.Q.) or higher.
      • Taken after August 1, 2011 - a verbal reasoning score of 153 or higher; a quantitative reasoning score of 147 or higher; and, a minimum of 4.0 on the analytic writing sample.
  • Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language).
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Current resume.
  • A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.
Application material

In addition to the materials described on the USM Graduate Admissions General  Application Instructions page, applicants for this program must submit:

  • Completed program selection form
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
  • An essay reflective of professional goals

 For forms and additional application information, please visit the Graduate Admissions web page

Sample: Program Course Sequence

Theoretical Nursing Core (21 credit hours)
     NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
     NUR 604 Nursing Research
     NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
     NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advanced Interpersonal Skills (Must precede or be concurrent with NUR 658)
     NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project (Prerequisites: NUR 603 and NUR 604)
     NUR 697 Nursing Management Clinical Immersion I (168 hours of practicum)
     NUR 698 Nursing Management Clinical Immersion II (168 hours of practicum) (Prerequisite: NUR 697)

MBA Foundation Courses* (15 credit hours – all courses are 3-credit hours)
     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     MBA 501 Economic Analysis
     MBA 502 Financial Accounting
     MBA 504 Probability and Statistics for Business Decision Making
     MBA 505 Financial Management (Prerequisites: MBA 501, 502, 504)
*MBA Foundation courses may be waived based on prior undergraduate course work with equivalent content and grade of C (2.0) or better.

MBA Core and Electives (30 credit hours)
     ACC 630 Management Accounting Systems (Prerequisites: MBA 501, 502)
     MBA 611 Introduction to Organizational Change (Prerequisite: EDU 671)
     MBA 612 Topics in International Business (Prerequisites vary by instructor)
     MBA 615 Ethical and Legal Issues in Business
     MBA 62X Select Finance course (Prerequisite: MBA 505)
     MBA 660 Managerial Marketing (Prerequisite MBA 502)
     MBA 670 Management Science (Prerequisite: MBA 504)
     MBA 674 Topics in Information Systems Management
     MBA 675 Production/Operations Management (Prerequisite: MBA 670)
     or MBA 672 Supply Chain Management (Prerequisite: MBA 670)
     MBA 698 Practicum (Taken in the final semester of coursework.)
     Electives (9 credits – fulfilled by Theoretical Nursing Core)