Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) & Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students and alumni in Rowan's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree have several options for expanding their career path opportunities through gaining business knowledge and credentials for leadership roles in healthcare management, consulting, and administration. MSN students can potentially choose just an elective or two in business, pursuit of a Certificate, or completion of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Each of these graduate study opportunities include streamlined admissions, stacking of credentials, and flexibility in scheduling.

Rowan MSN students and alumni that ultimately apply to the MBA are also encouraged to consider applying to the MBA Fellowship in Nursing Leadership. MBA Fellows in Nursing Leadership are employed full time while studying part-time, enjoy scholarship funding, engage in professional development opportunities that fuel the transition from specialist to strategist, and begin to bring ideas to life for leveraging medical and business expertise to better support patients, patients’ families, local communities, and fellow professionals in medicine. 

 MBA Fellowship-Nursing Leadership


Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Business

Business Healthcare Pathway for Rowan Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Candidates

Gain business knowledge and acumen to prepare for leadership roles in medical fields, healthcare professions, and administration in the health economy sector.

Business COGS prepares healthcare professionals to more effectively:

  • Develop a business view of the healthcare industry
  • Establish productive and mutually beneficial working relationships with insurance companies, hospitals, regulatory agencies and other corporate partners
  • Assume leadership positions within for-profit and not-for-profit organizations (e.g. executive positions within insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, governmental organizations, professional societies, etc.)
  • Manage, motivate, and lead health services teams toward the best possible patient outcomes 
  • Become change agents and influencers for process improvement of any healthcare organization
  • Understand the medical, economic, regulatory and ethical complexities of the healthcare industry
  • Invest time and resources using conceptually-sound business decision-making practices
  • Analyze and refine promotion and marketing strategies
  • Pursue an accelerated gateway for students to earn an MBA


Business COGS Program Requirements and Schedule Options

  • Five (5) required courses for a total of nine (9) credits
  • The program is flexible in scheduling and delivery formats, allowing students to choose courses:
    • On the main campus in Glassboro (Fall and Spring)
    • Online (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
    • Hybrid: 50% online and 50% on campus in Mount Laurel (Fall, Spring, and Summer)




Credits (s.h.)

MGT 06515

Employee Engagement and Performance


MIS 02501

Information Systems for Managers


ACC 03500

Managerial Accounting[1]


MGT 06567

Responsible Leadership: Aligning the Interests of Stakeholders, Profit and Planet


MKT 09511

Marketing Management Fundamentals[2]



Special Benefits for Rowan MSN Candidates– Business COGS and MBA

  • Streamlined application and expedited admission decision processes.
  • Upon completion of both the MSN and Business COGS program, up to 8 courses (18 credits/s.h.) from these graduate-level programs could be transferred into the MBA program.

Business COGS Tuition and Fees[3]

Tuition: $785 per credit/s.h.

Fees: $165.40 per s.h./ credit

Total: $950.40 per s.h./credit

Estimated total cost of nine (9) credits in the Business COGS program: $8.553.60


Streamlined Business COGS Application Process for Rowan MSN Candidates

  • Apply to the Business COGS using the Rowan Global Application Form
    • Waived for Rowan MSN candidates: application fee and undergraduate transcripts.
    • Required for Rowan MSN candidates:
      • Current professional resume
      • Degree conferral confirmation for Rowan MSN program
    • Once you’ve submitted all required components of your COGS application, please send an email to including your full name, phone number, student ID, and a statement that you would like to be considered for the expedited review process for the Business COGS Healthcare Pathway program for Rowan MSN Candidates.


Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Following MSN and Business COGS Completion

  • Expedited application process: Completion of the Business COGS program with a 3.5+ GPA makes MBA applicants eligible for an expedited admission decision process, including waivers of GMAT, letters of recommendation, and application fee.
  • Accelerated MBA Degree completion: Potentially satisfy General MBA requirements with as few as six (6) additional graduate business courses (or 18 credits /s.h.).
  • The MBA program requires fourteen (14) graduate business courses (or 36 credits/s.h.).
    • Transfers: All five (5) Business COGS courses earned can satisfy core MBA requirements.
    • General MBA: Three (3) MSN courses can transfer to satisfy nine (9) credits of General MBA elective requirements.
    • Concentration: Three (3) additional elective courses required to be awarded a concentration in Accounting, Finance, Management, MIS, Supply Chain and Logistical Systems, Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Leadership, Human Resources Management* or Sustainable Business*.
    • Foundation Work: Additional courses are required for applicants that did not previously complete business undergraduate coursework. Please see the Graduate Program Foundation Fact Sheet for more information.

*Pending final approval from Rowan University Leadership and targeted to launch Spring 2022 

COGS and MBA Questions and Support 

Eligibility and advising
for Rowan MSN students
Carmen McDonald Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC, NE-BC 
Senior Lecturer MSN Program at Rowan University   |  609-319-8340 (cell)  |  856-256-5180 (office) 


Academic program questions for COGS and MBA
Jennifer Maden, Assistant Dean and Director
Jason Salvatore, Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor
Rohrer College of Business Graduate Programs at Rowan University


Logistics and mechanics of the application process for MSN, COGS and MBA

Tendai Vengesa, Admissions Recruiter, COGS & MBA Support  |  856-256-5145
John Coulter, Admissions Specialist, MSN Support  |  856-256-5573


Information Session


[1] Requires completion of a Foundation pre-requisite course of ACC 03405 Foundations of Accounting. See the Graduate Business Program Foundation Fact Sheet for options on satisfying these requirements.

[2] Requires completion of a Foundation pre-requisite course of MKT 09200 Principles of Marketing. See the Graduate Business Program Foundation Fact Sheet for options on satisfying these requirements.

[3] Quoted in 2018-2019 tuition dollars and subject to additional fees, foundation courses, and possible changes in tuition.