When you complete our MSN to DNP 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 leadership experiences through clinical opportunities. Combined with scholarly study, nurses can excel towards the highest level of nursing practice. Applications for this program are due July 1 of each year.

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

Career Paths

  • Educator
  • Public Health Program Director
  • Health Policy Specialist
  • Chief Nursing Executive Officer
  • Chief Clinical Officer
  • Vice President of Patient Services

What You’ll Learn

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

By earning my DNP in 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.

Cheryl Rising MSN to DNP Graduate, Class of 2019


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    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Program Details

Your first step to apply for the DNP is to submit the application for admission. Submit the following to be considered for admissions into the doctorate program:

  • Official MSN transcript (if applicable, any other transcripts with evidence of graduate nursing coursework) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program. Master’s degree in nursing must be from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? 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 [email protected]
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Professional goal statement
  • Evidence of current and unencumbered RN licensure
  • Background check/background check disclosure form
  • Two references (references should include one former or current supervisor, prior college faculty, or current colleague)
  • Verification of clinical/practicum hours completed as part of a master’s program in one of the following ways:
    • The clinical/practicum hours completed in the master’s program are clearly identified on the transcript
    • Syllabi for the clinical/practicum courses and identification of the clinical/practicum hours
    • Letter from an official from the institution where the master’s degree was granted verifying the clinical/practicum hours
    • Completed Master's Degree Preceptor-Supervised Clinical Hours Verification form
    • If your MSN program did not include these clinical/practicum hours, you will be required to complete them as part of your doctorate program of study.

To view a sample program of study, click here.

View the student handbook for more information.

  • Online with one visit to our main campus in Bismarck, ND at the end of your program
  • Tuition: $620 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit
  • Program fees: $85 per credit

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

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