Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The University of Michigan School of Nursing seeks to create a class of academically excellent, culturally diverse students who show a genuine, demonstrated interest in contributing to the changing world of health care. See below to guide you through the application process.

Clinical practice as a professional nurse is preferred by not required to be considered for admission to the post-masters DNP program.

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Application Deadline

The NursingCAS application opens August 23, 2017.  
Application deadline for the post-masters DNP is coming soon.

Application Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program applicants must have:
  • Master Science (MS) in a nursing focus, Master Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master Nursing (MN) from an AACN, CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program. Applicants may apply pending completion of the masters; degree conferral must be received prior to the selected term of application.
  • Applicants with non-nursing masters degrees (for example, MPH, MBA, MHA) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an AACN, CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program.
  • Active RN license in at least one jurisdiction. Applicants offered admission that are in the process of completing an advanced practice masters must obtain board certification in the specialty area prior to the end of the first term of enrollment.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in both graduate and undergraduate (BSN) programs.
All prospective students must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application:
Personal Information Section
Academic History Section
  • Enter full coursework history from all institutions attended.
  • Official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework. Transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to process. 
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework (including post-secondary institutions where credit was granted through completion of a course during high school) are required for admission consideration.
    • You are required to enter all courses completed at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. This includes courses where credit was granted through completion of a course in high school (such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate), courses where credit was granted through the completion of a placement exam (CLEP or departmental exam) and courses completed at a community college or during summer terms. 
    • The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly. Applicants applying to a graduate program are not required to submit high school transcripts for admission consideration. 
    • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts please contact NursingCAS directly. Current or previous U-M students are required to request trqanscripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.
    • Applicants are not required to submit any coursework taken at schools or colleges outside of the U.S. or Canada.
    • International Applicants: Please read the International Applicant Additional Requirements section for special transcript requirements. 
Supporting Materials Section
  • Experiences
  • Release statement
Program Materials Section
  • References
    • We require three recommendations from individuals that can comment on your potential success as a DNP student. It is recommended that references have a Masters level nursing degree or higher. Applicants to the DNP program are encouraged to obtain at least two of the three required recommendations from current DNP prepared advanced practice nurses or from people enrolled in a DNP curriculum. 
    • Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS application. 
    • Hard copy or electronic recommendation sent directly to the school will not be accepted. 
  • Resume
    • Submit a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application. 
    • We do not require specific work experience prior to applying for a program. 
    • Your resume should be professional, well-formatted, easily readable, and should highlight relevant educational and professional experiences, including volunteering, professional associations, leadership, research, and job shadowing. 
  • Personal Statement
    • Provide a comprehensive answer to the following question: What are your professional and educational goals as an applicant to the University of Michigan DNP program? How do you feel your goals align with the essentials of the DNP, as proposed by AACN? (Please see: AACN-DNP).
    • The statement should clearly state your rationale for pursuing the Post-Masters DNP program
    • The statement is most effective when you have researched and can elaborate on how the DNP best fits your professional and educational goals.
  • Solely Authored Scholarly Paper
    • Examples: masters thesis, poster presentation abstract, authored journal article, process improvement plan that you have implemented in your place of employment
    • Upload as a Word document in the Document Upload section of NursingCAS, in the program materials section
    • Submitted paper must be solely authored by the applicant. 
    • If you do not have a solely authored scholarly paper you should provide a comprehensive answer to the following question, not to exceed 1000 words. Upload this document as described above. Question: There are many pressing issues facing health care today. Which one is most important to you and why? What suggestions do you have to address the problem you have identified?
All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by the deadline in order be considered for admission.

GRE Guidelines

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission consideration to the DNP program.

International Applicant Additional Requirements

  • Transcripts
All international applicants must submit an official foreign transcript evaluation directly to NursingCAS at the following address: 
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
  • Transcript Evaluation
All foreign institutions attended require course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Services, Inc or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. If an applicant receives an offer of admission, we then require official transcripts from the original institution to be sent to the School of Nursing. For additional information, please refer to the NursingCAS FAQs section titled Foreign Transcripts/Coursework.
  • English Proficiency
International students must submit official English proficiency exam scores to the University of Michigan (school code:1839) from the TOEFL or IELTS no later than the application deadline to be considered for admission. For details, see Entrance Exams.
  • Visa and Documentation
International students who are admitted to the program will receive information about I-20's, F-1 or J-1 visas, and submitting financial documentation in their email offer of admission. The University of Michigan requires evidence of full financial support before they will issue the documentation necessary for admitted students to apply for an International Travel visa. Therefore, prospective international students should carefully investigate financial aid opportunities during the application process. For more information on obtaining a visa and other details specific to international students, visit the International Center.

Application Fee

The application fee is $65, payable through NursingCAS. Application fee waivers are not available. 

Admissions Interview

All completed applications will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be offered an admissions interview with faculty. The purpose of the interview is to further assess each applicant’s fit for the program to which they applied. Applicants selected for an admissions interview will be notified via email by the Admissions Committee.

Admitted Students

If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 within three weeks of your decision date to matriculate and reserve a seat in the class. We will only accept online payment for the enrollment deposit. The deposit will be applied towards your first term tuition. Matriculated students must also complete compliance requirements before enrollment, and are required to attend the school’s new student orientation.

How can I learn more about the program?

Webinars are held during the fall. These live webinars are hosted by faculty and provide a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions. Please refer to Visitor Information or email for more information.

Contact Information

Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team with any questions at

U-M School of Nursing
426 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003