Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA)

BA dual MS/MBA degree that allows you to blend your health care background with business skills and expertise.

The MS/MBA option allows you to complete a Master of Science (MS) with a Health Services Leadership and Management specialty and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). It positions you to manage the business of health care as an administrator in a health care system and for senior management-level decision-making on financial, strategic planning, resource management, and governance issues.

Graduates are awarded:

The MS/MBA program:

  • involves 66-72 credits of required coursework
  • can be completed in two years of rigorous full-time, year-round study
  • can be completed part time over as many as seven years.

Your business background prepares you to contribute to the development of new approaches to providing health care services. You might work in finance, marketing, or HR within a health care organization or serve as the director of operational services, a finance officer, a chief nursing officer, or a consultant.

Sample Plan of Study

MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Maryland, College Park
OR
MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Baltimore

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Methods for Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS XXX Elective 3
  Total 12
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS XXX Elective 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
  Total 9
Fourth Semester 
Course Title Credits
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
  Total 5
Credits from MS portion of the dual program 32
Credits from MBA portion of the program** 36
Total Credits 68

*Shared credits between UMSON and School of Business
**Following completion of MS, students will continue with completion of MBA program to complete the dual degree.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your graduate education. Note that the opportunities below only apply to the portion of your dual-degree program earned at UMSON.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Merit Scholarships $1,500-$3,000 per semester
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition and fees
(for those who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and who have at least half of their credit hours remaining)
Graduate Assistantships stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships


All students receiving funds through the University, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • UMSON Federal Code: 002104
  • FAFSA Deadline for Maryland Residents (state awards and scholarships): Feb. 28
  • FAFSA Deadline: March 1

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Student Financial Assistance and Education Office is available to guide you through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.


Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

 

MS Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

Spring 2019 Final Deadline: Jan. 8, 2019
All supplemental application materials must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Fall 2019 rolling admissions review begins in January

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Qualifications:

  • bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from:
    • an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university
      or
    • an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Application Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. Please submit a 500-1,000-word essay that addresses the following:

  • The specific specialty area you like to pursue and your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in nursing in this specialty.
  • The population you would like to service or the area of health care in which you would like to work after graduation.
  • The qualities you feel are essential to the advanced nursing profession that you bring with you.
  • What are your research interests or your practice issues in this specialty area?

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Faculty

Linda Diaconis, PhD, RN, program director and assistant professor

Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor
Linda Diaconis, PhD, assistant professor
Linda J. Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor
Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN, CDONA, assistant professor
Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor