Doctoral Programs

Minnesota State University, Mankato is proud to offer four doctoral programs, which will enable graduates of master's programs to advance their education to one of the highest levels available.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This degree is for nurses with a master's degree who wish to gain the advanced clinical, organizational, fiscal, and leadership competencies necessary in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. Upon completion of this doctoral program, nurses will:

  • Provide leadership on the front lines of nursing
  • Evaluate clinical outcomes more effectively though the use of evidence–based practice tools
  • Identify and manage the health care needs of special populations
  • Use technology and information to transform health care systems

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)–Counselor Education and Supervision

This degree is for counseling and student affairs professionals who seek a Doctoral degree in order to:

  • Advance or enrich their careers
  • Obtain college teaching positions in counselor education
  • Become license–eligible
  • Position themselves for supervision and leadership roles
  • Upgrade and expand their clinical skills to prepare for specialized positions in advanced counseling practice

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)–School Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program in school psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato prepares students to attain certification to practice as school psychologists and/or pursue other doctoral level employment such as university teaching. The program is designed to meet the doctoral–level accreditation standards of the National Association of School Psychologists. The program consists of 106 semester credits typically completed over five years. Some students who have completed master's or specialist's training will be admitted with advanced standing. The program is housed in the psychology department and emphasizes (a) data–based decision making, (b) multiculturalism, (c) mental health, and (d) prevention.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)–Educational Leadership

Offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, the Ed.D. in educational leadership addresses the professional development needs of educational practitioners who seek the doctorate in order to enhance their capacity to serve as leaders in (a) PK-12 public schools, (b) alternative educational organizations and charter schools, (c) nonprofit organizations, (d) higher education institutions, or (e) experiential education settings. The program addresses the need for advanced preparation of educational leaders and focuses on applied research in the field of education. Course content, practica, and field internships are built upon the professional standards for educational leadership and reflect emerging conceptions of leadership within educational organizations.