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Admission Process


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Before You Apply

  • Attend an Information Session – The best way to learn more about our program is to attend an information session or one of our off-campus sessions held at local restaurants and places-of-interest around the Twin Cities. View our list of upcoming events and register for an information session. Another option is to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an admissions counselor to address your questions and learn more about the program details, including cost, schedule and time commitment.
  • Request Information – Tell us more about your interests by completing our DNP Interest form. We’ll e-mail you more information and invite you to upcoming information sessions. All events are scheduled for Central Standard Time, plan accordingly based on your time zone.

Application Timeline

The online application opens September 1st of each year with decisions on a rolling-basis. It is to your advantage to apply early, as the program will move to a waitlist once all spots are filled. A completed application includes the online application form as well as all application materials (resume, personal statement, transcripts, and letters of recommendation). Prospective students may submit an application while transcripts and recommendations are still pending, but the application will not be reviewed until all materials are received.  Students may check the status of their application via their applicant portal.

Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants must have:

  • Bachelors of Science/Arts in Nursing OR Masters of Science/Arts in Nursing
  • Registered MN Nurse license (must have evidence of a current unencumbered license)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from BSN/BAN; Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher from MSN/MAN
  • 1 years of RN experience highly recommended

Students must have completed a statistics course prior to enrolling in NUR 520: Research Methods in Nursing.

Application Components

All DNP applicants must complete and submit an admission file that includes:

  • Completed online application form *no application fee
  • Official transcripts from Bachelor’s Degree granting institution and any post-baccalaureate coursework completed. *Degrees obtained at a university outside the U.S. will likely require a foreign credential evaluation. See details below under the transcripts heading.
    • Documentation of practice hours for Masters-Prepared applicants will be requested upon acceptance to the program. A maximum of 600 practice hours may be transferred from a nationally accredited masters in nursing program. If the university/college you attended does not record the practice hours on your transcript, a letter from your college or university department can be submitted upon acceptance to the program.
  • One letter of recommendation (follow the recommendation instructions on the application)
  • Resume
  • Active RN License *FNP applicants must have proof of a valid MN license due to clinicals.
  • Typed Essay *see prompt in application


Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from the regionally-accredited institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and the most recently attended institution, if not the same. Military veterans are required to submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions to qualify for military benefits. In the case where prerequisite requirements exist or transfer credits or waivers are sought, official transcripts are required from institutions at which the prerequisites or equivalents were completed. The Program Director may ask for additional transcripts if determined to be necessary. If prompted by your institution to provide an e-mail address to which e-transcripts can be sent, please send to Transcripts sent via mail should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, 2211 Riverside Ave, Campus Box 65. Minneapolis, MN 55454.

International Transcript Evaluations

Augsburg requires an evaluation of credentials for any transcript(s) from an institution outside of the United States.

This evaluation should include the following:

      1. Analysis of credentials to determine if your degree is equivalent to an accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
      2. Course by course evaluation to show your complete course listing with credit values and grades received for each course.
      3. Calculation of grade point average to demonstrate your cumulative grade point average using the standard U.S. grading system, i.e., A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0.
      4. Translation to English (if applicable)

Evaluations can be accepted from World Education Services, SpanTran Pathways – Augsburg University, Educational Credential Evaluators, or any NACES accredited organization. Learn more about NACES and find a list of accredited evaluators at

United States Transcripts

If you attended university in the United States, you will need to submit an official transcript from each college/university you attended.  If prompted by your institution to provide an e-mail address to which e-transcripts can be sent, please send to Transcripts sent via mail should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, 2211 Riverside Ave, Campus Box 65. Minneapolis, MN 55454. Most commonly utilized services are Parchment or National Clearinghouse. It is recommended to check your former institutions website for the direct link.


Send application materials to

Graduate Admissions Office, CB 65
Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454