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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

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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Priority Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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Additional Program Options

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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 (non entry-level) from an accredited college or university
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • RN licensure (from state where the project courses will be completed)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (2 professional and 1 academic preferred)*
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools) 
  • Current Resume/CV
  • GRE or GMAT scores**
  • Two years of work experience
  • Goal statement/project proposal (demonstrating commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit)
  • Faculty Interview (in person or by phone if moved forward by the admissions committee)
  • Applicants who do not have advanced practice licensure, or who earned fewer than 552 clinical hours as part of their Master’s degree, will be considered on a case by case basis (please email for an eligibility evaluation)
  • 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.


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.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Louisiana. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific  information for online programs.

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

Onsite Dates

  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - First Year Class SPR 21 (2019-2020)
    • May 15-17, 2019 DNP Executive Track Orientation On-Site” (In-Person Attendance Required)
    • September 24, 2019: Policy and Leadership Trip to DC (includes additional practicum hours) (Optional Attendance)
    • September 25-27, 2019: DNP Fall19 On-site Immersion” (In-Person Attendance Required)
    • April 1-3, 2020  DNP SPR20 On-Site Immersion (In person attendance required.) *Revised Date
  • Students Admitted in Summer 2019 - Second Year Class SPR 21 (2020-2021)
    • May 2021 - TBA - 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)
    • General Business Elective 1 (2)  
  • Fall I (8 credits)
    • Statistical Analysis (2) *
    • Business Communication (residency required for on-line students) (2) *
    • Accounting & Financial Reporting (2) *
    • Economics for Decision Making  (2) *
  • Spring I (10 credits)
    • Corporate Finance (2) *
    • Marketing Management (2) *
    • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)
    • Decision Models (2) *
    • The Firm & the Macroeconomy (2) *
  • Summer II (5 credits)
    • Investments (2) *
    • Problem Identification (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
  • Fall II (10 credits)
    • Operations Management (2) *
    • Information Systems (2) *
    • Nursing Inquiry (2)  
    • Leadership in Organizations (2) *
    • Business Law (2) *
  • Spring II (10 credits)
    • General Elective (2) *
    • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)  
    • Project Development (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Negotiation (2) *
  • Summer III (7 credits)
    • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (3)
    • General Elective (2) *
    • Business Leadership and Human Values (2) *
  • Fall III (7 credits)
    • General Elective (2) *
    • General Elective (2) *
    • Project Implementation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
  • Spring III (7 credits)
    • General Elective (2) *
    • Project Evaluation (1)
    • DNP Practicum (2)
    • Clinical Data Management  (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 2018 – May 2019)

Tuition: $32,5611
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $33,061

Estimated Other Expenses2

Room and Board: $20,016
Books & Supplies: $1,224
Loan fees: $1,581
Personal Expenses: $3,252
Travel Expenses: $4,848
Total Expenses: $63,982

1Tuition is shown as listed in the DNP/MBA plan of study. Tuition is billed at $1,721 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

Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship & Living Expenses Grant

A state-wide initiative funded by HSCRC to increase the number of qualified bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals. Scholarship is equal to tuition and mandatory fees. Living Expenses Grant award amounts are based on need and may not exceed the maximum of $25k per academic year ($12.5k per semester).  



Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Program is authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. Funding is used to provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Applicants must complete their FAFSA.

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Learn about the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant. 

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