MSN and Post-baccalaureate DNP programs

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.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not require work experience as an RN to be considered for admission to the MSN or post-baccalaureate DNP program. 

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

The NursingCAS application opens September 1, 2019.

The Leadership, Analytics and Innovation MSN program will be accepting applications for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. All other programs will be accepting applications for Fall 2020 only. Please see deadline below.
The fall priority deadline will be January 15, 2020
The final fall deadline will be April 15, 2020

The Leadership, Analytics and Innovation Winter 2021 deadline will be August 1, 2020.
International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline to provide adequate time to process all documents.

All MSN or a post-baccalaureate DNP applicants must have:

  • Earned a BS in nursing or are in the process of completing a BS in nursing from a CCNE, AACN, or NLN accredited institution. Note: Successful completion of the BS in nursing must occur prior to the desired term of admission.

  • Minimum B average in all undergraduate coursework (this includes all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements for a BS in nursing; an overall B average is usually equivalent to a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). 

  • Prior to their first term of enrollment, all admitted students must have a valid RN license in the state where they will be completing their clinical experiences.

The non-refundable application fee is $70.00, payable through NursingCAS. For information on application fee waivers, visit the NursingCAS website. Applicants to the MSN and post-baccalaureate DNP programs may only apply to one specialty. Specialty options are:
  • Acute care pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology primary care nurse practitioner
  • Primary care family nurse practitioner
  • Primary care pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Nurse-midwifery
  • Nurse-midwifery and primary care family nurse practitioner (combined)
  • Nurse-midwifery and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (combined)
  • Leadership, analytics and innovation (MSN only)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to check their NursingCAS application account frequently to ensure documents have been received and processed by the deadline. Prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing strives to continually update information regarding states where we cannot assure clinical placements for students enrolled in our online programs.  This information is provided on the School of Nursing website and additional information is available on the University of Michigan website. As of September 1, 2019, we are not positioned to accept applications for our online programs from students in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. This information is subject to change. Please contact the Office of Practice and Professional Graduate Programs at for additional questions about clinical placements. 

We are currently not accepting international applicants to our online programs due to regulatory, licensure and placement constraints. International students are welcome to apply to our residential programs.

Detailed information about how to submit the application and required documents are also available while you are filling out the NursingCAS application.

NursingCAS sections:

Personal information

Complete the following sections:

  • Biographical
  • Contact
  • Citizenship
  • Family
  • Race & ethnicity 
  • Other 
  • Release form  

Academic history 

  • Send 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.  For detailed information about how to submit transcripts, see the Help with Transcripts section of the NursingCAS website.
  • 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, contact NursingCAS directly through their contact page
  • Current or previous University of Michigan students are required to request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.

Academic history Helpful Hints:

  • Transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to process.  It is recommended that an applicant orders their official transcripts as early as possible to ensure completion of application by the deadline. Late receipt of transcripts it the number one reason why applications are considered incomplete.
  • We require an official transcript from ALL academic institutions, even if credit for these courses are on your BSN transcript.  

Supporting materials 
  • Experiences
  • Achievements

Supporting materials Helpful Hints:

  • Use these sections to expand upon information in your resume or add details that are not included in your resume.  It is not necessary to restate details that are in your resume.  
  • Examples of things to include:  Special awards and scholarships, Daisy awards, and community service.

Program materials section
  • Personal statement 
    • Provide a comprehensive answer to the following question: What are your professional and educational goals as they relate to the graduate program to which you are applying? (700 words maximum). The statement should clearly state your rationale for pursuing the program to which you are applying. It is most effective when you have researched the program and can communicate an understanding of the scope of practice. You should elaborate on how the program you are applying to best fits your professional and educational goals.

Personal statement Helpful Hints:

  • Personal statements are most effective when they include information regarding in-depth knowledge of your program of interest, as well as clear goals for your career.
  • Personal statements are a great place to relay information to the admission team that we do not have from any other part of your application.
  • Incorporating information about how it is you chose to become a nurse can be effective.
  • If there is something in your academics or resume that should be addressed, feel free to use the personal statement to touch on this as well. 


  • Required for admission consideration are three recommendations from individuals who can comment on your potential success as a graduate student and as an advanced practice nurse in the area for which you are applying. It is recommended that references have a master's level nursing degree or higher.
  • Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS application. If a recommender needs assistance please direct them to contact NursingCAS.
  • Hard copy or electronic versions of recommendations sent directly to the school will not be accepted.

References Helpful Hints:

  • We strongly recommend that at least two letters be from master’s or doctoral prepared nurses, as these individuals can speak to an applicant’s preparedness and ability to be successful in a rigorous graduate nursing program.  If you are unable to find two recommenders who meet this criteria, do not let this stop you from applying. 
  • It is highly recommended that applicants send their evaluation requests early in the application process to ensure recommenders have adequate time to complete the request.
  • Be sure to update your recommender on your goals in applying to graduate school so that he or she can speak eloquently about your skill sets.  


  • The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires the submission of a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application.
  • UMSN does not require specific work experience prior to applying for a program. 
  • Your resume should be professionally written, well-formatted, and easily readable.
  • Highlight relevant educational and professional experiences, including volunteering, professional associations, leadership, research and job shadowing.

Resume Helpful Hints:

  • Resumes should be current and no longer than two pages.  
  • Applicants should keep information relevant to nursing specific experiences and leadership activities.
  • For individuals with limited to no work experience as an RN, it is recommended that applicants job shadow, volunteer, and/or complete additional experiences to understand the role of an advanced practice nurse.
  • Involvement in extracurricular leadership activities are great items to have on your resume. These can include involvement in Student Nurses Associations or student groups while in school or participating in unit committees while working.
  • Global experiences are a good item to highlight. 
We recommend taking the first steps on your application at least 5-6 weeks before the application deadline.  All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.  

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

All completed applications will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions committee. Applicants who submit all required application materials will also be required to complete a video assessment through Kira Talent. Once invited to a video assessment, applicants will have seven days to complete the full assessment. After receiving an invitation to complete a video assessment, please keep in mind the following:

  • Kira Talent allows for an unlimited number of practice questions before beginning the assessment.
  • Applicants will have 45 seconds for preparation before each question, and 90 seconds to respond. Applicants do not have to use the entire 90 seconds to answer.
  • Applicants will have access to technical support through Kira Talent 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Please read this document for more information on what to expect from the Kira Talent video assessment.

Some candidates may also be invited to an on campus interview at the School of Nursing on February 22, 2020.  Applicants selected for an on campus interview will be notified via email. Please note, not all candidates will be required to attend the on campus interview date.

Questions or concerns regarding the video assessment can be addressed by contacting or by calling 734-763-5985.

Interview Helpful Hint:  

  • The purpose of the Kira Assessment as well as the on campus interview is to assess each applicant's fit for the program to which they applied and evaluate their understanding of the scope of practice. 

Decisions for applicants who submit a completed application by the priority deadline are sent via email by mid-to-late March for the Fall term.  Decisions for applicants who submit a completed application by the final deadline are generally sent via email by mid-to-late June.  If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 within the timeframe specified in your admission letter to matriculate and reserve a seat in the class. Enrollment deposits must be paid online and are applied toward your first term tuition.

Admitted students Helpful Hints

  • Decisions are sent on a semi-rolling basis - the earlier you submit your application, the earlier you may receive a decision.
  • Visit our admitted student FAQ page to get answers to many questions.
  • Matriculated students must also complete compliance and orientation requirements prior to the start of classes.  
  • Admitted applicants can contact the Graduate Advisors at for program specific questions. 

We offer a number of on-campus information sessions and live webinars. For more information and to register for an event, see the School of Nursing visitor information page.