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Master's in Health Systems Leadership/MBA

If you aspire to nursing leadership in today’s complex healthcare landscape, the right preparation across business and nursing is key. IWU’s MSN MBA dual degree program offers the advanced theory and skills you need to take your place in an executive position within a health system. Cultivate your leadership approach 100% online while you build on your current nursing and business expertise so you can become the nursing leader you want to see in your community.

Why Pursue My MSN MBA Dual Degree Online at IWU?

From evidence-based practice curriculum to offering dual MSN MBA programs fully online, the IWU School of Nursing has been at the forefront of healthcare education for more than 40 years. Today, we are proud to offer a faculty of industry experts, a faith perspective for hope and healing, and the support you need to pursue better outcomes for your primary care career and your patients. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling nursing leadership career.  One more thing: your tuition rates are locked in the moment you start. You will experience no tuition hikes for the duration of your program.

What Will I Learn in a Dual MSN MBA Program?

This dual degree program explores many aspects of health system operational oversight—from financial reporting and human resource management to decision making and business communication and more. Enhance business leadership coursework through focuses within advanced nursing theory and practice, including epidemiology, advanced pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Apply class learnings to real-world settings through a Nursing Leadership Capstone Practicum.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

60 Credit Hours


$595/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This MSN MBA Dual Degree Online Program

Coursework for your MSN MBA Dual degree program covers how to:

  • Integrate knowledge of the art and science of leadership and nursing into the role of a nursing leader
  • Create an environment that fosters a person-centered approach to nursing leadership
  • Lead systems to enhance population health
  • Utilize scholarship and evidence to guide quality improvement principles in the leadership of nursing practice
  • Apply systems and complexity principles to lead nursing practice through the use of information and communication technology

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Leader
  • VP of Nursing
  • Charge Nurse

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • Proof that all nursing licenses - whether current or inactive - are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors, or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant's qualifications for the MSN or doctoral programs.
  • Original transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken.
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed before registration for any track of the masters nursing program. Letters of acceptance from the Division of Masters Nursing will include instructions for completing the criminal background check. The criminal background check must be completed no earlier than two weeks before the beginning of the first course.
  • MSN - Health Systems Leadership Post-MBA – Students who have met all masters nursing admission requirements and have received an MBA from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible for the post-MBA Health Systems Leadership program.
  • To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to interview.



  • B.S.N. or B.S. degree with a major in nursing from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Registered Nurse applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and a minimum of ten years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission by Portfolio. These candidates may submit a Portfolio which includes a current CV/resume, including evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.

  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.

  • MSN - Health Systems Leadership/MBA degree program – GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale required. Or

  • Graduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) where at least 9 credits were completed.




Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9 credit hours of masters nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA.

  • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9 credit hours in masters nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission.

  • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.

  • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9 credit hours in masters nursing courses will be denied regular admission.

  • MSN - Health Systems Leadership/MBA degree program – All business courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Satisfactory completion of all core, major, and clinical requirements for the specific program.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR prefix) course and “B” in each major (NRA prefix) course.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • The MSN degree programs must be completed within a maximum of four years from the date of enrollment.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students in the MSN/MBA program must complete 520 hours of supervised onsite practicum. The MSN Post-MBA program requires 520 hours of supervised onsite practicum. Student must receive permission from the practicum agency prior to start of practicum hours.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.

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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The master's degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 


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