The MPA + MS Nursing Dual Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual degree is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.
By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.
Successful completion of the dual degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing.
Students must apply to both the MPA program and the MS Nursing program by their individual deadlines. Applicants need to create two separate online (Embark) accounts in order to submit the two separate applications. Each application requires an application fee to the Graduate School. In order to participate in the dual degree program, students must be admitted to both programs concurrently.
|Fall Admission||Spring Admission|
|MPA||January 15 (funding)
April 15 (regular)
|MS Nursing||March 15 (funding)
June 15 (regular)
The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.
To be eligible, you must have and provide:
All applicants must submit the following:
And, for international applicants:
Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.
Kristina Lambright, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (MPA)
Jennie Orton, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Programs (Nursing)
Last Updated: 1/25/13