MBA/DNP Dual Degree

How to Apply

To apply,fill out the free online  application for admission For the BSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post BSN MBA/DNP Leadership option on the application.  For the post-MSN to MBA/DNP, choose the Graduate Nursing - Post MSN MBA/DNP Leadership option. 



To apply for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, the applicant must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Recent professional practice is preferred and recommended. 

The following list of documents can be found with the Supplemental Items list once an application is started.  Documents must be submitted to the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee by either uploading them or mailing them:

  • Transcripts from ADN and BSN and any graduate education (see instructions on application).
  • Evidence of current, unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Three recommendations. Recommendation form can be printed here or from the online application.
  • A short essay describing Professional and Life Experience Information.
  • Official scores on Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Alternatively, Graduate Record Exam results are acceptable. MAT is waived if student has previous graduate credits (5) (B or better) at admission.  Information on taking the MAT exam in La Crosse can be received by calling UWL 785-8074. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites.

After receipt of these materials, a personal interview may be requested of the applicant. 

Additional requirements:

  • At least one year of recent, relevant direct patient care as an RN prior to beginning the program, positive interview and recommendations indicating potential as nurse leaders, potential opportunities for clinical preceptorships/practicum experiences within the student's home area, and the ability to commit to the blocked practicum hours necessary.
  • Satisfactory completion of an introductory statistics and a research course (undergraduate).
  • Evidence of current CPR throughout program.
  • Applicants must have the ability to meet both university and clinical agency health and personnel requirements, including specified immunizations and satisfactory criminal/caregiver background check throughout the program.

See Admission to the Grad Nursing Program for more details of the admission review process.

Post-Master's to MBA/DNP

  • Master's degree in nursing or related field from accredited program with a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better GPA.
  • Admission documents and requirements are the same as above with the exception of the MAT, which is not required.
  • Choose post-MSN to MBA/DNP as the program on the online application.