Application Instructions For

nursing (DNP dual-degree)

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate degree
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

Nursing major
The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper division, post-baccalaureate second major) or comparable master’s-level program in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Grade point average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a grade of not less than 'B-' in every nursing course. Applicants who do not meet the requirements will have the opportunity to provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement in the NursingCAS application.

Nursing license
A current unencumbered nursing license.

Work Experience
All applicants must have a minimum of one year of clinical practice prior to beginning the graduate program. Dual-degree applicants for the MAOL and MBA options must have a minimum of two years of professional work experience.

Supporting courses
Applicants to the DNP/MAHS option must complete one undergraduate course in each of the following areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Psychology

Courses must be completed by the end of the first year of the graduate program.

If you're a bachelor’s-prepared nurse who is seeking to expand your knowledge and skills to transform healthcare delivery and education, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission into one of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) dual-degree options. Full information on admission requirements and procedures is listed below. As you explore the DNP dual-degree options and the admission process, we encourage you to attend an information session.

The application process and requirements may vary depending on the individual’s previous education. Please contact the DNP admission counselor, Margie Larson, at 651-690-6038 or before starting the application process.

The DNP dual-degree application deadline is July 15 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Fall enrollment. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure that all materials are received. Only applications that are "complete" or "verified" by the deadline will be considered.

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. Applications for Fall 2019 may be submitted after September 1.

Applications for most dual-degree candidates are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework)
  • Two recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendation may be from a professor or other employer. Please review instructions in NursingCAS regarding recommendation submissions.
  • Résumé

A personal statement is required as part of the application process. Specific questions to be addressed are located in the Program Materials section of the NursingCAS application (under the “Questions” tab).

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions.

Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be required to submit official scores:

DNP/MAHS: Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
DNP/MBA: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
DNP/MAOL: no test required

The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, use the institution code of 6105 (GRE), DPC (GMAT) or 1315 (MAT).

The test score requirement is waived for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, or who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES). All costs related to document evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility. Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in NursingCAS. If admitted into the DNP dual-degree program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Official test scores must be submitted directly to St. Catherine University from the educational testing service as part of the application process.

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.


The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.

Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the NursingCAS application form.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Please submit the Certification of Finances forms to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.

St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: 651.690.6933

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questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

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