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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.

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.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is No. 1 for DNP, No. 1 (Tied) for Master’s in National Rankings

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. The part-time program (online, part-time program) 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).

Program Details

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Tuition Cost: $1,939 per credit See Cost of Attendance Details
Financial Aid: There are numerous options for financing your education including grants, scholarships, federal loans, and employment programs. Learn more.

Upcoming Deadlines

Summer entry: Nov 1 and Jan 15


 No. 1 in the nation for its Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)


No. 2 in the nation for its Nursing Master’s Program (MSN)


No. 3 nursing school in the world, according to 2023 QS World University rankings


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

Onsite Dates

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) – Executive program’s executive session format can be completed in six semesters of study, integrating approximately 3 on-site immersions of 3-4 days each during the first year and one on-site symposium event lasting 1 day the second year combined with online and virtual learning experiences. The DNP/MBA joins the DNP Executive program in year 2 of their 3 year program.

Plan of Study

  • Statistical Analysis (2) *

  • Business Communication (residency required for on-line students) (2) *

  • Accounting & Financial Reporting (2) *

  • Economics for Decision Making  (2) *

  • Corporate Finance (2) *

  • Information Systems (2) *

  • Marketing Management (2) *

  • Advanced Nursing Health Policy (2)

  • Decision Models (2) *

  • The Firm & the Macroeconomy (2) *

  • Investments (2) *

  • Problem Discovery (3)

  • Operations Management (2) *

  • General Business Elective 1 (2)

  • Nursing Inquiry (3)

  • Leadership in Organizations (2) *

  • Business Law (2) *

  • General Business Elective 2 (2) *

  • Translating Evidence into Practice (3)

  • Project Advancement (3)

  • Negotiation (2) *

  • Analysis and Evaluation of Individual and Population Health Data (3)

  • General Business Elective 3(2) *

  • Business Leadership and Human Values (2) *

  • General Business Elective 4 (2) *

  • General Business Elective 5 (2) *

  • Project Application (3)

  • 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.

“I feel like [DNP/MBA degrees] would complement each other and give me a strong foundation to move into nursing or health care leadership … sitting at the table to help make decisions that are impacting us on the front lines.”
Ashley Ramirez, MS, RN
Ashley Ramirez, MS, RN

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2023 – 2024

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. Learn more.

Loans: 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. Learn more.

Employment: 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. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree for nurses at the highest level of nursing practice (https://www.aacnnursing.org/Education-Resources/AACN-Essentials). The three year DNP Executive/MBA dual degree offered through the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School will examine both clinical outcomes and the financial repercussions of those clinical outcomes through students’ scholarly projects.

Yes, our DNP/MBA program has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

GRE/GMAT scores not required.

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.

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.

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 [email protected].

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.

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.

You can learn more details about the program curriculum and application process by watching our informational video.

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.

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.

Contact Laura Panozzo, Assistant Director of Recruitment for the DNP Executive tracks, at [email protected] with any additional questions or to schedule a phone call to discuss ways to make your application as strong as possible.

If you are not currently working in a practice environment where a DNP project might be feasible, please contact the Office of Admissions, [email protected], to discuss your options.

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