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.
Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.
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).
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 these requirements should provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement with rationale for an exception to the requirement.
A current unencumbered nursing license.
Two years of recent clinical practice as a registered nurse (R.N.) with at least one year of experience in the area of specialization (pediatric or adult-gerontological).
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
Applications for the DNP: Nurse Practitioner program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:
*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.
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). For applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA or nursing course grade minimums, please include (as part of the fourth response in the statement) an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as the applicant's plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program.
The DNP: Nurse Practitioner application deadline is January 1 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Summer admission. 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 Summer 2018 enrollment. Applications for Summer 2019 may be submitted starting September 1, 2018.
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 program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.
TOEFL / IELTS SCORES
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 graduate application process.
Some applicants may 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 STUDENT FORMS
All 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
Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).