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.

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.

Cost 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.


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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.

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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:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 
  • Official MSN transcript (if applicable, any other transcripts with evidence of graduate nursing coursework) from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
      • Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional goal statement
  • Evidence of current and unencumbered RN licensure
  • Background check/background check disclosure form
  • 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
    • 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.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online with week-long intensives on the main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $620 per credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit

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