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DNP / MBA

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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JOANN IOANNOU, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Joanne Ioannou
DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
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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Requirements

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 waived for Summer 2021
  • 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 jhuson@jhu.edu 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.

** 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 jhuson@jhu.edu to discuss your educational background with an Admissions Counselor.

Prerequisites

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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Curriculum

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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a DNP-MBA?
    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the DNP degree will be the level of entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2015. All nurses who are contemplating starting a DNP program are encouraged to read the AACN white paper proposal:  http://www.aacnnursing.org/DNP. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2015). The doctor of nursing practice: Current issues and clarifying recommendations. Washington, DC: AACN.  The three year DNP-MBA is a dual degree program offered collaboratively with the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.  Students’ scholarly projects will examine both clinical outcomes and the financial repercussions of those clinical outcomes.
     
  • Is the program accredited?
    Yes, our DNP/MBA program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
     
  • Are GRE scores required?
    GRE or GMAT scores are required for the DNP Executive/MBA Dual Degree track. For information on test waivers, please contact Deb Driscoll, Assistant Director of Recruitment for the DNP Executive/MBA Dual Degree track at jhuson@jhu.edu.
     
  • Is part-time study an option?
    The DNP-Executive track/MBA Dual Degree is designed to fit into the schedule of someone working full time in a clinical setting.  The course work and scholarly project are intended to complement their work focus.
     
  • Is a dissertation or final project required?
    A dissertation is not required. A DNP scholarly project will be completed by the end of the program.  The DNP final project is the students’ original work that establishes them as a Hopkins Nursing clinical scholar.  Examples of scholarly projects can be found on our website here.
     
  • Am I eligible for this program if I am not an advanced practice nurse?
    All applicants must have earned a minimum of 375 clinical hours as part of their post-licensure Master’s in Nursing program. Nurses who do not have advanced practice licensure should contact the Office of Admissions for an eligibility review at jhuson@jhu.edu.
     
  • What is the difference between the DNP-Executive and the DNP-Executive/MBA tracks?

    The DNP-Executive/MBA track incorporates business content into the development of the DNP Scholarly Project.  Students will take classes exclusively with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School during the first year of the dual program.  Work on the DNP Scholarly Project will commence in the second year of the dual program.  Students will graduate with a DNP from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

  • Is the DNP-Executive/MBA track entirely online?
    There are seven onsite immersions associated with the DNP-Executive/MBA track that are spread throughout the three year program.  Onsite visits typically run three days each.  Specific onsite immersion dates will be posted on the program website.
     
  • Where can I find a detailed overview of the program?
    You can learn more details about the program curriculum and application process by watching our informational video.
     
  • Do I need to have leadership experience to apply to this program?
    Developing nurse leaders is a specific aim of the program.  You do not need to have leadership experience to apply.  Students are prepared to excel in current or future leadership opportunities.
     
  • What does ‘Executive’ track mean?
    Students enrolling in the DNP-Executive track or DNP-MBA have an advanced Master’s degree in Nursing.  Many are already Nurse Practitioners.  The degree provides students with the knowledge to develop and implement evidence-based change.  The program is delivered in an Executive type format, with online coursework and onsite immersions spread throughout the curriculum.  The term ‘Executive’ distinguishes the DNP-Executive and DNP-MBA tracks from the Advance Practice DNP tracks that lead to Advanced Practice licensure.
     
  • What if I have more questions?
    Contact Deb Driscoll, Assistant Director of Recruitment for the DNP-Executive and DNP-Executive/MBA tracks at jhuson@jhu.edu with any additional questions, or to schedule a phone call to discuss ways to make your application as strong as possible.
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Funding Opportunities

Scholarships

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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