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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track/MBA Dual Degree

Take the Lead, Add an MBA

Dual degree MBA programs offered through the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Carey Business School prepare graduates who are exceptional at patient care and safety as well as effecting change at the health care leadership and corporate levels. This degree is offered with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track.

Cross Disciplines

The DNP Executive/MBA knows what the best clinical care looks like as well as how to make it happen with a unique understanding of the bottom line in nursing and business. You will lead health care teams while providing the evidence, ethical grounding, and business sense that forms the foundation for organizational planning.

Up for the Challenge

An intense, innovative education presents DNP Executive/MBA graduates with the highest level of nursing competence and the knowledge to make the smart calls in the boardroom setting. Organizations will look to you for insight and for problem solving. You will look at the evidence, the numbers, the system, and the patients and families who rely on you to make the right call. And you will be ready.

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Leadership Track

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A DNP Executive/MBA Dual Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Carey Business School puts a nurse in rare company alongside leaders of health care or academic institutions setting a course for the future. You have the knowledge, leadership skills, and wisdom needed to get your organization there.

The DNP Executive Track is designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in a nursing specialty from a fully-accredited institution and want to take the next step. Graduates of the DNP Executive Track are prepared to create and lead new models of care delivery for communities locally, across the nation, and around the world.

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The Flexible MBA

The Flexible MBA at the Carey Business School approaches business with humanity in mind. The program focuses on real-world skills and business fundamentals viewed through a lens of integrity and ethics. Students and graduates come from a wide variety of industries with a goal in common: to nurture their growth into thoughtful, inclusive leaders as well as to find business solutions that support more than just the bottom line.

The part-time program (on-site, online or both) is tailored to the demands of your professional and personal life, letting you stay on your career track while earning your degree in as little at 3 years (or take up to 6).

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Additional Information

View the recording of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Executive Track/MBA Dual Degree virtual information session.

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DNP Projects

The DNP program prepares students to bridge the gap between new science and integration into practice. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, graduates of our DNP program have created projects that implement research, plans, and practices that advance our profession and improve health outcomes.

DNP Projects

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Priority Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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Additional Program Options

Learn about our Master's and Doctoral program offerings.

Degrees & Programs

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Joanne Ioannou
Senior Vice President - Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, GBMC HealthCare
Attaining my DNP and MBA gave me the opportunity to lead—I can support nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team so they may continue to provide excellent patient- and family-centered care.
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Admission Criteria

  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • RN licensure
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (2 professional and 1 academic preferred)*
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • GRE or GMAT scores**
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Goal statement/project proposal (demonstrating commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit)
  • Two years of work experience
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • Applicants who earned fewer than 552 clinical hours as part of their advanced nursing coursework should email for information about the best pathway to your DNP***
  • Students should have an identified clinical site for conducting scholarly project at the time of matriculation
  • TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language

Information for applicants with international education

Admissions Application

*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.

** Please contact the Office of Admissions at for questions about test score waivers.

*** Applicants are required to have 375 clinical hours as part of their advanced nursing coursework. Students who have between 375 and 552 clinical hours will have to complete additional clinical hours as part of a practicum. If you have an entry-to-practice Master’s degree, earned fewer than 552 clinical hours as part of your advanced nursing coursework, or hold a Master’s specialty in education, please email to discuss your educational background with an Admissions Counselor.


Graduate Level Biostatistics (3 credits): Demonstrates evidence of statistical literacy and statistical reasoning enabling students to critically read and evaluate healthcare literature. Course must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a letter grade of B or better.

International Students

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

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This dual degree can be completed in 66 credits with 448 practice hours.****

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site immersions will be held in a virtual format until further notice.*

Onsite Dates

  • Students Admitted in Summer 2018 - Third Year Class SPR 21 (2020-2021)
    • May 24, 2021 - 1 day prior to commencement: Improving Health Outcomes through Translational Scholarship Symposium and Poster Session” (In-person attendance required)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - Second Year Class SPR 22 (2020-2021)
    • September 1-3, 2020: DNP FALL20 Online Immersion (Virtual attendance required)
    • April 14-16, 2021: DNP SPR21 On-site Immersion (In-person attendance required)
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - Third Year Class SPR 22 (2021-2022)
    • May 2022 -TBD- 1 day prior to commencement: Improving Health Outcomes through Translational Scholarship Symposium and Poster Session” (In-person attendance required)

Plan of Study

  • Summer I (2 credits)
    • Statistical Analysis (2) * 
  • Fall I (8 credits)
    • Business Communication (residency required for on-line students) (2) *
    • Accounting & Financial Reporting (2) *
    • Economics for Decision Making  (2) *
    • Corporate Finance (2) *
  • Spring I (10 credits)
    • Information Systems (2) *
    • Marketing Management (2) *
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Decision Models (2) *
    • The Firm & the Macroeconomy (2) *
  • Summer II (5 credits)
    • Investments (2) *
    • Problem Discovery (3)
  • Fall II (11 credits)
    • Operations Management (2) *
    • General Business Elective 1 (2)
    • Nursing Inquiry (3)  
    • Leadership in Organizations (2) *
    • Business Law (2) *
  • Spring II (10 credits)
    • General Business Elective 2 (2) *
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)  
    • Project Advancement (3)
    • Negotiation (2) *
  • Summer III (7 credits)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (3)
    • General Business Elective 3(2) *
    • Business Leadership and Human Values (2) *
  • Fall III (7 credits)
    • General Business Elective 4 (2) *
    • General Business Elective 5 (2) *
    • Project Application (3)
  • Spring III (7 credits)
    • General Business Elective 6 (2) *
    • Project Evaluation and Dissemination(3)
    • Clinical Data Management and Analyses (2)

* Courses taken at Carey Business School

** Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

*** A minimum of 1000 practice hours is required for DNP.

**** Some MBA courses may require a residency component. Learn more about the residency requirements at the Carey Business School website.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(June 2020 – May 2021)

Tuition: $39,7481
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $40,248

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $20,220
Books & Supplies: $1,500
Loan fees: $1,716
Personal Expenses: $2,760
Travel Expenses: $4,920
Total Expenses: $71,364

1Tuition is shown as listed in the DNP/MBA plan of study. Tuition is billed at $1,825 per credit.

2Amounts for other expenses vary based upon student's selection of books, supplies, and living arrangements.

Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

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Funding Opportunities


The School of Nursing sets aside a limited amount of merit-based funds for students who demonstrate strong academic ability, leadership skills, outstanding community service, and other personal strengths and accomplishments.  These merit awards are granted for achievement, not financial need. There is no separate application to apply for a scholarship. Each student is considered upon applying for admission. Scholarships range from $10,000 to $30,000.

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Other Funding Sources

All funding opportunities should be pursued to meet your educational costs. There are organizations that provide scholarship awards ranging from $100 to full tuition and stipend awards. Begin your search early. Application deadlines are typically 6-9 months in advance of the academic year.

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Loans and Loan Forgiveness/Repayment Assistance Options

Loans are an important component of assisting students in meeting their educational expenses. Student Financial Services encourages individuals utilizing loans to fully understand the terms of each loan and borrow only what is needed. We also advise individuals to research loan repayment and employment options which can assist in meeting loan repayment obligations.  Student Financial Services has gathered a list of loan forgiveness and repayment assistance options that can be explored via the link below.

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