When you complete our MSN to DNP Nursing Organizational Leadership program, you will be prepared to work at the highest level of nursing practice and leadership. Reach your goals and advance your nursing career.

Graduates of our accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program serve in a variety of clinical, organizational, or educational systems with diverse populations. This MSN to DNP online program provides advanced experiences through leadership opportunities. Combined with scholarly study, nurses can excel towards the highest level of nursing practice.

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Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

University of Mary Doctor of Nursing Student Lori Shank enjoyed the flexibility and support from faculty and staff. She earned her nursing doctorate from the Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences at Mary while continuing to work and raise a family.

At a Glance

Projected 10-year growth in medical and health service manager jobs

Program Length

20 months


    • Online with one visit to our main campus in Bismarck, ND at the end of your program.

    Tuition per Credit


    Is This the Degree For Me?

    Who It’s For

    • MSNs who want to elevate their career
    • MSN-Prepared Nurse Administrators
    • MSN-Prepared Nurse Educators
    • MSN - Nurse Informaticists
    • Family Nurse Practitioners

    Career Paths

    • Health Policy Specialist
    • Chief Clinical Officer
    • Vice President of Patient Services

    What You’ll Learn

    The MSN to DNP Nursing Organizational Leadership program will prepare you to serve in a variety of clinical, organizational, and/or educational systems. Upon graduating with your nursing doctorate, you’ll be able to demonstrate clinical expertise, evidence-based decision-making, leadership, and advanced scholarship in nursing practice. Classes will teach you to:

    • Appraise health care organizations to assess strengths and weaknesses and facilitate organization-wide improvement in health care delivery.
    • Be a leader in knowledge translation and application of evidence-based practice.
    • Use informatics and patient care technology to improve health care outcomes in clinical practice and organizational systems.
    • Influence health care policy at the local, state, and federal levels to champion issues of quality, social justice, equality, and fiscal responsibility.
    • Manage cutting-edge innovations and change among interprofessional teams for purposes of advancing health care quality among patients, populations, and complex systems.
    • Apply Benedictine values to foster spiritual integrity and human dignity in health care.

    By earning my DNP in Nursing Organizational Leadership from the University of Mary, I am able to continue to advance my career as I educate MSN to DNP students and FNP students working on their DNP degrees. This opportunity would not be available to me if I had not completed my degree from the University of Mary.


    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

      The baccalaureate degree, master's degree, and doctor of nursing practice programs at the University of Mary are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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    Program Details

    Program Information

    Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

    Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

    If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

    For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

    The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

    We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

    How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

    • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

      • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
      • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
        • Have your transcripts sent to:
          Office of Admissions
          University of Mary
          7500 University Drive
          Bismarck, ND 58504
        • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu.
    • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
      • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
      • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
    • Military experience can count towards a degree.
    • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
    • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

    At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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