Master of Science in Nursing /

Master of Business Administration

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The dual MSN-MBA degree equips the BSN professional with interdisciplinary expertise in nursing, business, and healthcare leadership. At Southern, this means building a wholistic, Christ-centered philosophy for leadership, management, and research in the healthcare arena. You'll also be positioned to influence healthcare policy and the future direction of the nursing field.

How the program works

To qualify for the dual-degree program, students must be accepted into both the School of Business and School of Nursing. Typically, students focus on completing classes from one degree at a time, though overlap is acceptable if scheduling allows.

  • Nursing classes meet on Tuesdays.
  • MBA classes meet one evening a week.
  • Full-time and part-time enrollment options can be customized to fit your life.
  • Online courses provide even more convenience and flexibility.

Any student wishing to complete clinical experiences outside the State of TN must verify that State is a member of NC-SARA and seek permission from that State Board of Nursing. Clinical placements in some States may not be able to be accommodated due to specific State Board of Nursing regulations.

Also available completely online
Both degrees are available on campus and completely online, and you may mix the two formats to fit your needs.

Eligibility and prerequisites

This list includes requirements for both the School of Business and the School of Nursing:

  • Bachelor's degree:  A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • GPA requirement: A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Course in statistics: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Current licensure:  Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice
  • Work experience:  A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience

Application deadlines

All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall April 1 March 1
Winter October 1 August 1
Summer April 1 (MBA program only) February 1 (MBA program only)

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $40). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies office ( If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Recommendations:  Submit three recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This may be done as part of the online application process, or Download PDF
  4. Written statement:  Submit a statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree. Your statement should be thoughtfully written to demonstrate your writing skills. It may be submitted to
  5. Resumé:  Submit your current resumé. Please email to
  6. Interview:  Schedule a faculty interview by emailing
  1. GMAT requirement:  Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years. Applicants meeting either of the following criteria may be admitted without the GMAT score:
    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA degree of 3.25.
    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with five years or more of full-time business-related management experience.

Once you are accepted

Before enrolling, we will need acceptable documentation of these items. Email documents to

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

  • View international-student admission requirements »

    1. Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency of a bachelor's degree.
      Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following agencies:
    2. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency.
      Unless an applicant is a native English speaker or received the college/university degree from an English-medium institution, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at »

    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

Online programs
Since international students enrolling in programs offered completely online do not travel to the United States, they are not required to obtain the Form I-20 or F-1 Student Visa, and they do not have to submit the Declaration of Finances.

On-campus programs
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

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    • Form I-20:  After all qualifying documentation is received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the Form I-20. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance at Southern may enroll.
    • On campus:  International students are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified if there is any change in the arrival date after admission has been granted. Individuals with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) during the school year.
    • Employment:  International students with an F-1 Student Visa may work on campus, provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.
    • When you are ready to travel: International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:
      1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
      2. Form I-20 issued by Southern Adventist University
      3. A valid passport
      4. A valid F-1 Student Visa to travel to the United States
      5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University

Graduate assistantships

For more information about becoming a graduate assistant, please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor.

  • School of Business—Graduate Assistant Verification  Download PDF
  • School of Nursing—Clinical Lab Assistant  Download PDF
  • School of Nursing—Graduate Teaching Assistant  Download PDF

Course guide

MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NURS 502 Orientation to Nursing Graduate Studies 0
  NURS 512 Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice 2
  NURS 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 2
  NURS 527 Theory and Research for Advanced Practice 4
  NURS 540 Healthcare Policy, Economics, and Finance 3
  NURS 684 Preparation for MSN Capstone 0
  NURS 694 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Subtotal 13
MBA Core Courses Credits
  BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3
  BUAD 520 Financial Management 3
  BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3
  BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3
  BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3
  BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3
  HADM 532 Healthcare Economics and Finance 3
  HADM 552 Healthcare Marketing and Human Resources 3
MBA Core Subtotal 24
Healthcare Administration Emphasis Credits
  NURS 590 Orientation to Nursing Graduate Clinical Practicum 0
  NURS 638 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3
  NURS 654 Practicum: Advanced Nursing Leadership 2
  NURS 687 Nursing Graduate Program Finalization 0
  NURS 785 Practicum: Advanced Leadership Residency 4
Select Six (6) hours of electives from the following 6
  BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 3
  HADM 530 Healthcare Administration 3
  HADM 585 Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Administration 3
Healthcare Administration Emphasis Subtotal 15
  Also required if lacking undergraduate equivalents:
ACCT 505    Financial Accounting, 3 hours
FNCE 505    Principles of Finance, 3 hours
  Total 52-58


Stephanie Sheehan
Stephanie Sheehan


Ronda Christman
Ronda Christman

Associate Professor

Holly Gadd
Holly Gadd


Sunia Fukofuka
Sunia Fukofuka

Associate Professor

Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde


Frances Johnson
Frances Johnson


Michael Liedke
Michael Liedke

Assistant Professor

Braam Oberholster
Braam Oberholster


Linda Peoples
Linda Peoples

Associate Professor

Dennis Steele
Dennis Steele


Lilly Tryon
Lilly Tryon

Associate Professor

Maria Valenca
Maria Valenca


Leon Weeks
Leon Weeks

Associate Professor

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I am here to help if you have any questions about applying to the programs or enrolling. I'm the one who keeps track of all the forms and certifications you are required to have, so if you get stuck let me know. You are welcome to email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. I look forward to working with you and meeting you!

Jamie Thompson

Graduate Enrollment Counselor