The Lubar College of Business and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing collaboratively offer a program designed to provide a combined nursing and business curriculum to strengthen the graduate’s performance as a leader and manager in nursing and health care administration.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


Students are admitted to both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate programs in nursing and business administration. The admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, College of Nursing and Lubar College of Business. Applicants may choose to complete either the GMAT or GRE and must have a BS in Nursing degree and at least two years' practice in a health care setting. Three letters of reference are required including one from a former faculty and one from a health care employer.

Credits and Courses

MBA foundation coursework provides the basis for the theory and practice of business. The MBA Program requires Bus Adm 701, Business Mathematics (2 cr), and Bus Adm 703, Financial Accounting (3 cr). Bus Adm 701 is waived for individuals who have completed an appropriate academic course in their background, or have earned an appropriate Quantitative sub-score on the GMAT or GRE or have passed the proficiency exam. Bus Adm 703 is waived for individuals who have completed an appropriate course in their background, or have passed the proficiency exam. Bus Adm 701 and Bus Adm 703 do not count toward the degree. Students are also assumed to have basic proficiency in information technology (IT), including the use of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and web browsers. Online resources are available for Bus Adm 701, 703, and IT.

For the coordinated degree program, students will complete 83 credit hours. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements of an individual program—MBA or DNP—in order to receive a degree.

Nursing Core47
Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare
Advanced Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Health Care
Epidemiological Principles for Population Health
Translational and Implementation Science
Theory for Advanced Practice
Outcomes and Quality Management
Nursing Administration
Information Systems to Support Clinical Decision-Making
Health Policy
Healthcare Organization and Systems Leadership for Advanced Practice
Nurse Executive Practicum I
Nurse Executive Practicum II
Nurse Executive Practicum III
DNP Project I: Plan
DNP Project II: Proposal
DNP Project III: Leadership Practice Immersion
MBA Core18
Accounting Analysis and Control
Corporate Finance
Information Technology Management in International Businesses
Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice
Predictive Analytics for Managers
Global Supply Chain Strategies & Competitive Operations
Dually Applied18
Biostatistics and Applications for Nursing Practice
Human Resource Management
Managing in a Dynamic Environment
Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations 1
Constrained Choice Choose two of the following:
Health Care Administration and Delivery Systems
Managed Care and Integrated Health Networks
Health Care Accounting, Law and Ethics
Economics of Health Care and Health Care Systems
Total Credits83

Integrating course for the coordinated degree program.

Additional Requirements

A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements of an individual program—MBA or DNP—in order to receive a degree. Students must fulfill the MBA Program Boot Camp and Executive Development activities to meet all graduation requirements.

DNP Project

The candidate will complete a final comprehensive clinical project as part of the leadership practice immersion experience, which demonstrates the ability to implement the principles of evidence-based practice and translation under the direction of the faculty advisor.

The candidate must, as the final step toward the degree, pass an oral examination in defense of the DNP project. A candidate who does not pass this examination may apply for reexamination within one year from the initial examination date. This reexamination may occur only one time. A candidate who does not pass this examination within program time limits may be required to undergo another comprehensive preliminary examination and be readmitted to the program and/or candidacy.

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated MBA/DNP degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Business Administration MBA Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from UWM’s Master of Business Administration program will: 

  • Create a report on some international aspect of the business environment. 
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the complexities of an innovative information technology. 
  • Apply appropriate analytical techniques to solve business problems. 
  • Develop novel and innovative solutions to unstructured problems. 
  • Synthesize a business issue and produce a well-written paper. 
  • Analyze a business ethics dilemma and make an appropriate recommendation. 
  • Identify socially responsible business practices. 

Nursing Practice DNP Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Nursing Practice, DNP program will be able to: 

  1. Lead, translate and integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines, including a foundation in liberal arts, natural and social sciences at the advanced nursing practice specialty level. 
  2. Design, lead, coordinate and evaluate person-centered care that is evidence-based, inclusive and respects patients as full partners in providing compassionate, developmentally appropriate, and culturally safe care at the advanced nursing practice specialty level. 
  3. Lead and evaluate initiatives that advocate for equitable population health outcomes across the healthcare delivery continuum, through engagement with partners, communities, public health, industry, academia, health care, local government entities, and others. 
  4. Generate, synthesize, translate, and disseminate nursing knowledge using a spirit of inquiry to improve health and transform complex health care systems. 
  5. Design, lead, implement, and disseminate quality and safety initiatives using improvement science to enhance outcomes and minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. 
  6. Lead interprofessional care teams to facilitate intentional collaboration with patients, families, and community partners, fostering a climate of mutual respect and shared values to enhance the healthcare experience and improve outcomes. 
  7. Direct transformation within complex healthcare system to use resources effectively and provide safe, quality, cost-effective, and equitable care within the advanced nursing practice specialty. 
  8. Use and evaluate healthcare, information, and communication technologies to gather data, inform decision making, provide and document safe care, and drive improvement that aligns with best practice and professional and regulatory standards. 
  9. Cultivate and model a professional identity in alignment with the school of nursing’s mission, vision, and values, demonstrating wisdom and ethics for the advanced nursing role and leadership practice. 
  10. Cultivate personal health and resilience, to expand professional identity and leadership competencies through reflective practice and lifelong learning within the advanced nursing practice specialty role.