Online MSN-MHCA Dual Degree Option

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Total Courses
$420 (MSN)
$485 (MHCA)
Cost per Credit
2 Years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Master’s in Nursing (MSN) + Master of Health Care Administration (MHCA) Overview

Come back and move your career forward. Gain a competitive edge by combining the advanced nursing skills of an MSN degree with the management expertise of a health care administration degree.

  • Develop the health care management and leadership skills to take on senior positions in settings such as hospitals, health care organizations, medical insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory clinics, and more.
  • Complete your courses online while balancing the demands of your nursing career.
  • Gain hands-on experience through clinicals you can complete at your workplace or other convenient locations.
  • Prepare to sit for advanced certifications with the MSN Executive Leader concentration.
  • Be ready to make a lasting impact on the health care industry and respond to the health needs of individuals, families, and communities in both local and global settings.

What’s a Dual Degree?

Earn two degrees in less time than it would take to earn each degree separately. Because the master’s programs share a core curriculum, the credits you earn apply toward both degrees.

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CCNE Accredited

The master's degree in nursing program at Purdue Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in a Purdue Global online MSN Dual Degree Option, you must be an RN with your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution. Refer to the University Catalog for additional requirements or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in this program will help you build upon your nursing skills and develop expertise in administration and management, from strategic planning and human resources to quality assessment and more. You’ll learn how to harness your previous experience and new knowledge and apply it to real-world challenges.

Sample Courses

  • Organizational Development in Health Care
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Health Care Operations and Quality Assessment
  • Leadership in Health Care
  • Health Information Application and System


As part of the MSN, you’ll complete the executive leadership concentration, which focuses on leadership competencies, design and rework of work systems, and advanced nursing practice principles.

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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Concentration Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Prepare for Industry Certifications

With your MSN and MHCA degrees, and depending on your level of leadership within your organization, you will be well prepared to sit for industry-recognized American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exams that expand your career potential, including:

Some certifications may require work experience and/or additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

With the dual master’s degrees in nursing and health care administration, you can qualify for executive-level positions and leadership roles in hospital settings, long-term care facilities, ambulatory clinics, and within the health care industry.

The need for leaders in the medical industry is growing. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent, much faster than average for all occupations, from 2021 to 2031.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


Faculty members who hold a doctorate


Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Eligibility is dependent on your level of leadership with your organization.

Job Growth for Medical and Health Services Managers: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.