Joint Degree Programs
Nursing and Business (MS/MBA) and Nursing and Public Health (MS/MPH)

Program Description: Nursing and Business (MS/MBA)

The School of Nursing, in collaboration with Columbia University School of Business, offers a combined 75 credit MS/MBA degree. This program allows full or part-time study.

This graduate program is designed for students with an interest in management and nursing who intend to be both advanced clinical practitioners and professionally educated managers in a health care setting.

Students must apply separately to, and be admitted by, both schools for the autumn term. In addition to satisfying the MBA requirements, students must complete fifteen business courses and be registered for 45 credits at the Business School. At the School of Nursing, students must register for and complete a minimum of 30 credits, depending on the area of clinical specialty. Overall, a minimum of 75 credits is required for completion of the joint degree. Students select a clinical specialty at the School of Nursing but need not choose a specific concentration at the Business School. Students are guided in the selection of courses to meet career goals and individual interests.

Applicants apply separately to the School of Nursing and the School of Business and must meet the admission criteria for both schools. The School of Business admission requirements include:

  • An undergraduate calculus course (A four-day refresher course, as well as a six-day course for those with a limited calculus background who feel that they need an extensive concentrated course, are offered at the Business School in August.)
  • Score of at least 550-700 on the GMAT are recommended for the School of Business; the School of Nursing recommends GRE scores upwards of fiftieth percentile on the general exam.
  • Computer proficiency

The information above is current as of 10/08 and is subject to change at any time.

Program Description: Nursing and Public Health (MS/MPH)

The objective of this joint-degree program, which offers a Master of Science in nursing from the School of Nursing and Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is to prepare nurses to be both advanced clinical practitioners and public health practitioners or administrators in a variety of community settings, including hospitals. The program is particularly valuable to nurses whose career goals are focused on the field of nursing but who also desire a broader interdisciplinary outlook.

Joint application is simplified. Certain documents, such as transcripts, GRE scores, and references, may be shared, so duplication may not be necessary. However, students must complete application forms for both schools. The School of Nursing and the School of Public Health both require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Students may apply and be accepted into both programs at the same time but start in either school, with an advisor in each school assigned immediately to coordinate the student’s program and to approve each term’s class choices. Total credit requirements are a minimum of 75 credits (depending on the nursing and public health specializations) plus the School of Public Health’s one-term practicum. At least 30 credits must be earned in residence in each school in order for a degree to be granted. Each student’s curriculum is planned individually to meet his or her goals, but the basic requirements for admission and graduation for each school must be met. In the School of Nursing, the minimum number of required credits for core and major (or track) courses ranges from approximately 30 to 52 credits, depending on the clinical track selected. The completion of the master’s degree in nursing allows students to register with New York State as nurse practitioners. In the School of Public Health, the minimum is approximately 30 to 45 credits, depending on the concentration. In both schools, students must also be accepted in a specific track/division. Financial aid is available in both schools for eligible students. Students may not, however, receive financial aid from both schools during the same academic year.

Students in the School of Public Health must complete the core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, sociomedical sciences, environmental health sciences, and health policy and management. Joint-degree students may combine most Public Health majors with any School of Nursing clinical specialty. Please contact the School of Public Health to learn about those exceptions.

The information above is current as of 10/08 and is subject to change at any time.


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