Graduate Nursing Programs


Achieve the highest level of nursing education.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) have a distinguished, 40-year tradition of preparing strong, professional nurse leaders for contemporary nursing practice. That tradition now includes graduate nursing programs designed to prepare registered nurses for advanced roles in health care. Each of our programs offers the academic rigor and preparedness we're known for, in a hybrid format that fits your life. Our programs are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and Minnesota Board of Nursing; CCNE accreditation is pending.

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Applications will be accepted through July 1, but space is limited. We encourage early application for priority consideration!

MSN – Leadership and Education for Practice

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DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

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DNP – Leadership

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As a working professional RN, the thought of moving forward and advancing your career carries huge potential … and valid concerns.

The College of Saint Benedict, in partnership with Saint John’s University, has created practical programs that deliver all that potential – and confront those concerns head-on. Learn more.


Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed clinical placements
  • Electives for specialty practice areas
  • Eligibility to become board certified and licensed as a family nurse practitioner
  • Eligibility to become certified as a Nurse Educator and/or Nurse Executive
  • One-to-one mentorship for DNP project
  • Discounted tuition available for CSB and SJU alums and CentraCare employees
  • Hybrid format, with 2-3 in-person visits to campus per semester
  • State-of-the-art classrooms that simulate real world patient needs and clinical settings
  • Leadership students eligible to sit for the AONL Executive Leadership Certificate and NLN Nurse Education Certificate


Next Steps

Application Information

Program Outcomes

Outcomes, Accreditation, Licensure

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Frequently Asked Questions, Student Handbook

Student Resources

Nursing Department News

Top-flight CSB and SJU nursing students aim high in new 4+1 BSN-MSN program

Beginning in Fall 2022, elite seniors will have the chance to complete a year of graduate work before finishing their undergraduate degree. Read more.

Program Accreditation and Regulation

The Department of Nursing adheres to the expectations of program accreditation and regulation. Programs are reviewed on a regular schedule (annually and every 5 or 10 years upon accreditation renewal).

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) serves as the regional accreditor to CSB/SJU. HLC reviewed and approved the graduate programs in nursing on July 16, 2021.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The Department of Nursing holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The MSN and DNP programs in nursing are undergoing processes for initial accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education as per their usual schedule.

Minnesota Board of Nursing

The Department of Nursing and its programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The most recent approval occurred in 2017 for the baccalaureate and 2021 for the DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner program.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Jennifer Peterson
Chair, Nursing Department Graduate Programs
CSB Main 457

[email protected]