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Dual Degree Opportunities : Management of Patient

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the School of Nursing, within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business administration and nursing leading to the MBA and MS degrees. 

The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in a minimum of two and one-half years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously. This combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the MBA or an MS in nursing. Students enrolled in the first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

1) The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
    • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waived: credit must be earned with Business electives);
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
    • MBA Communication Requirement.
  • Up to 12 credit hours of transferable electives from the Nursing Administration Program

2) The 25 hours in the Management of Patient Care Services Program, including:

  • 7 credit hours in the Nursing core;
  • 13 credit hours in the Nursing Administration Specialty;
  • 2 credit hours in the Nursing Research Project; and
  • 3 credit hours in nursing elective.

The total credit hours for the dual degree program must be at least 70.

The dual program may begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of the core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During years two and three, courses may be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin with nursing studies should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study. No course work completed prior to admission in either program may be counted towards the MBA requirements of the dual program.

Applicants interested in the MBA/MS combined program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both programs. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

Please see below for a sample plan of this dual degree program.

Year 1
Starting at Business School
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management 552 2.25
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
Nursing 532 3
Business Electives 9
Strategy 503 1.5
Total 15
Winter Term Courses Credits
Nursing 651 3
Nursing 652 3
Nursing 653 3
Nursing 699 2
Business Elective 3


*Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be
completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment
is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.