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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Executive / MBA

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 program.

Cross Disciplines

The DNP/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/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/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 Executive DNP 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 program 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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Priority Application Deadline

Summer Entry
November 1, January 1

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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 a nationally accredited program)
  • 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 375 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. 
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants

*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, Massachusetts and Oregon. 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 and additional MBA residencies.

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.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(June 2018 – May 2019)

Tuition: $34,420 (full time per year)1
Per Credit Cost: $1,721
Matriculation Fee: $500 (one-time-only fee for first-time enrolled JHU students)
Total Billed Expenses: $34,920

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room: $14,625
Board: $4,968
Books/Supplies: $1,200
Loan Fees: (U) $192
Loan Fees: (P) $1,392
Personal Expenses: $3,180
Travel Expenses: $4,752
Total Expenses: $65,229 

The above costs represent the first year of a three year program.

1Full time: 10+ credit hours per semester. Tuition is billed at $TBA per credit and students enrolling less than full-time will incur less charges. 
2All students must have health coverage. Purchase of the School’s plan is optional.
3Amounts 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

Scholarships & Grants

Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit.  More


Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing Education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs.  More

Employment Opportunities

Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community-based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program.  More

Other Funding Sources

We encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. Information can be obtained from library resource books and professional organizations and alumni organizations.  More

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