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DNP Costs and Tuition

Attending graduate school is a significant investment of time and money.  As a public university, keeping DNP costs as affordable as possible, reflects the School of Nursing’s commitment to delivering high-value, affordable doctoral education.


Graduate courses in the doctoral nursing program are assessed at $820 per credit hour making the total tuition $32,800 (40 credits @ $820 per credit hour). The tuition rate is the same for out-of-state (non-Idaho) residents.

Cost Estimate

Cost CategoryCost
Boise State Application Fee$60
Tuition and Distance Ed Fees (40 credits @ $820 per credit)$ 32,800.00
Travel, food and housing costs associated with attending three leadership immersions in Boise,  IdahoVaries
Books and softwareVaries
Graduation Fee$20
Approximate Total$32,880

Indirect Costs

Costs for room, board, and transportation are used to calculate financial aid and are included to disclose the full cost of attendance. These costs are not required for students pursuing a fully online degree.

Cost CategoryYearly Cost
Food and Housing$5,688

Financial Aid

Information about financial aid/student loans for graduate students is available through the Boise State Graduate College.  View information on funding your degree.

Graduate Financial Aid Detail 


We strongly encourage students to pursue funding through local, state, national nursing and health care organizations, associations, and employers. The Graduate Student Academy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides many regularly updated resources for funding. DNP students admitted to the program may have additional opportunities for internal Boise State University and/or School of Nursing scholarships as they progress through the program.

Please Note: Rates per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Waivers for Boise State employees are not available for this program.