Intensive, comprehensive, innovative, and nationally ranked – all describe the DNP/MBA program jointly offered by the College of Nursing and Lubar School of Business at UWM

The program provides a unique opportunity to get a cutting-edge education in advanced nursing practice and business. Graduates are prepared for roles as executives and managers in the healthcare industry with the highest level of clinical nursing competence.

The university’s location in the healthcare, corporate, and financial capital of Wisconsin provides DNP/MBA students access to faculty and mentors who lead in their professions and their healthcare system.

This unique program is designed for current and emerging nurse leaders and administrators. The cohort is small, the curriculum diverse and demanding. The graduates already are personalizing and improving the clinical care experience for patients, and transforming healthcare delivery in Southeastern Wisconsin.


Applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or a master’s in Nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale);
  • one year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty;
  • completion of an upper-level undergraduate course in statistics (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher;
  • completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if the previous undergraduate and graduate GPA calculated by the Graduate School is less than 3.2.
Application Process

All applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system, and upload the following:

  • a non-refundable application fee;
  • unofficial transcripts from each academic institution where at least nine (9) or more credits were attempted or completed from each school. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted;
  • current Curriculum Vitae;
  • references from three (3) different people who are willing to provide a reference for you demonstrating you are knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing;
  • Personal Statement: 3-4 pages, double spaced, addressing the following five (5) components:
    • Overview of professional experiences
    • Short and long term professional goals
    • Nursing practice interests
    • Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted;
  • two (2) original works that reflect your scholarship and writing ability. Examples could be evidence-based projects, clinical guidelines, examples of QI/QA projects in which you had a primary role, and published articles reflecting aspects of research. If you do not have two (2) examples of scholarly work, you may substitute one or two written papers in lieu of one or both original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. Choose from the following paper topics:
      • Select a current, controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue. Provide a description of the issue, the
        controversy, and its impact on health care providers
      • Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health
        care costs. Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true
      • Advance practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery. Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on
        health care outcomes.
  • RN License: submit evidence of your current RN license from the United States (must include license number);
  • Interview with a faculty member may be requested.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor