Application Process

The College of Nursing admits students into the Master’s to DNP program every summer. The application is available April 1st–March 31st for the following summer admission cycle. Application materials must be received by the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office, and official transcripts must be received by the UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies Office no later than March 31st to to be eligible for classes in summer.


Step 1 – Apply to the University

Complete the online UW System application and pay the $56 application fee at

Once completed, the application is sent electronically to UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Studies office will review and forward the online application to the College of Nursing.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts

Ask your master’s degree institution to electronically send transcripts to UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies.

Send electronically to:

We need an official, degree conferral transcript for your graduate degree:

  • Official means the transcript is sent directly from the institution to UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies. Electronic transcripts are processed most quickly.
  • While we prefer official transcripts for admission decision-making, we can use unofficial transcripts. If you are admitted, we require official transcripts before you begin taking classes. If you uploaded transcripts with your application we will use those unofficial transcripts. Otherwise, email unofficial transcripts to
  • Degree-conferral means the transcript shows the name of the degree earned and the date it was awarded

You may send transcripts from all institutions.

Special situations:

  • If you attended UW Oshkosh, you do not need to send UWO transcripts
  • If you previously applied to UW Oshkosh, we will use transcripts on file
  • If you attended UW Fond du Lac or UW Fox Valley before Fall 2019, you need to request transcripts
  • If you are currently finishing your master’s degree, send a current transcript now and an official degree conferral transcript when you complete your degree
  • If you have more than one master’s degree, send transcripts for the degree most relevant to your doctoral degree

Step 3 – Submit Supplemental Materials

Applicants must send items A–B listed below directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office via email to  Please send all items as attachments in a single email.

A) Background Information Disclosure form (BID)*

B) Masters to DNP Supplementary Application

Reference Forms

Applicants are to complete the top portion of the reference form (Item C below) and forward to three references. Reference forms are to be sent directly from the references to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office via email to

C) DNP Reference Form – A minimum of three references forms are required from a current supervisor, organization/agency leader and/or professor.**


*Upon admission to program, applicants must complete a full background check with associated fees. Background checks are not considered part of the evaluation/selection process and are only used for advising purposes.

**Applicants who have been away from school for an extended period of time should utilize a reference who can summarize the applicant’s current knowledge base.

College of Nursing

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Oshkosh, WI 54901