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Academic Policies, Graduate Nursing Tuition Information, and Scholarship Opportunities



Graduate Nursing Tuition Information

Tuition for Academic Year 2014 - 2015 is $670 per credit for 600 level courses and $900 per credit for Advanced Practice Nursing cohort. Please note there are  differing tuition fees between the Rochester and Winona campuses.  If you  have any questions regarding Graduate Nursing tuition information, please contact our office at 507.285.7473. For general tuition information, please visit Winona State University, Cost of Attendance website.

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Please visit the WSU Foundation Scholarship website for additional information

Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting the Frequently Asked Questions webpage allows you to locate answers to general program questions as well as detailed information for graduate nursing specialty programs.

Milestones in Graduate Education

Below is a general outline of forms or events that are important to remember. The forms/events are listed in the chronological order in which they usually occur. Please pay attention to these milestones as they will help you reach your goal.


  1. Application to Candidacy: An “Application to Candidacy – Masters of Science Degree”, or “Application to Candidacy – Doctor of Nursing Practice” or “Application for Certificate Completion ”form must be on file with the Office of Graduate Studies before completing 16 credits. Please see your advisor for more information.

    Complete the “Supplement to Candidacy” form if there are any changes in your course work after submission of the original candidacy form.

  2. Master’s Students Thesis/Scholarly Inquiry Paper (SIP): Using the Research Guidelines, complete Thesis/Scholarly Inquiry Paper. Submit the “Bindery” form to the Graduate Studies Office to show completion of the Thesis/Scholarly Inquiry.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students DNP Clinical Scholarship Project: Using the DNP Clinical Scholarship Project Guidelines, submit the dissemination product to the Graduate Programs in Nursing Office to show completion of the Clinical Scholarship Project.

  3. Application for Graduation: An “Application for Graduation” or Certificate Program Plan (Nursing) “form must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by midterm of the term prior to graduation (see academic calendar for official due date). Please see your advisor for more information.

  4. GRADUATION! You have achieved your goal. Congratulations!!

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If you have ANY questions about these milestones or about the program, please make an appointment to speak with your academic advisor.

Most forms listed above can be found on the Graduate Studies website or the Graduate Programs in Nursing website.
Below are the links to the Master of Science Thesis and Scholarly Inquiry Paper Guidelines and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Scholarship Project Guidelines.  

Master of Science Thesis and Scholarly Inquiry Paper Guidelines
(2014 - 2015)
 (PDF) One requirement for the Master of Science Degree in Nursing is completion of a thesis or scholarly inquiry paper (SIP) project.  The document above provides students with information on the thesis/SIP project requirement in this program.
(Appendices  - Word Version)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Scholarship Project Guidelines
(2014 - 2015) (PDF) The purpose of the DNP Scholarly Project in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Winona State University is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop expertise in clinical practice knowledge development to enhance quality of care and patient outcomes.
(Appendicies - Word Version)

Thesis Binding Information (pdf)



Complaint Policy for the Winona State University Department of Nursing (pdf)

The Department of Nursing strives to provide environment of mutual respect, cooperations, fair treatment, stewardship of resources, integrity, and quality education and services.  Even with this commitment, problems and concerns sometimes occur.  Resources and procedures are available to students and other parties for appealing decisions or policies, addressing concerns, resolving grievances and complaints, and dealing with retaliation.

Students, faculty, staff or other constituents who have a concern are expected to follow established policies and procedures for a concern or complaint found in the Complaint Policy for the Department of Nursing.