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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Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team at

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

Application deadlines

The NursingCAS application opens August 15, 2019.

Application deadline announcement forthcoming. 

Admission requirements

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). 

Application information

The application fee is $70.00, payable through NursingCAS. For information on application fee waivers, visit the NursingCAS website. Applicants to the post-baccalaureate DNP program must select a specialty in their application. 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 midwife and family nurse practitioner (combined program)
  • Nurse midwife and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (combined program)
  • Systems, populations and leadership (MSN only): Focus areas are leadership, population health or informatics

It is highly recommended that applicants check their NursingCAS application account frequently to ensure documents are received and processed by the deadline. Prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application.

NursingCAS sections:

Personal information

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. 
    • 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.
  • The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS. 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, 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.
Supporting materials 
  • Experiences
  • Release Statement
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.
  • References
    • 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.
  • Resume
    • 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.
All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.

GRE guidelines

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required only if your cumulative final BS in nursing grade point average (GPA) is between 3.0 - 3.249 (on a 4.0 scale; U.S. equivalency). The GRE is waived for applicants that have a final cumulative BSN GPA of a 3.25 of higher.
The minimum recommended GRE scores for admission consideration are: verbal - 150 (45%), quantitative - 151 (44%), analytical - 3.73 (50%). Official GRE score reports must be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (GRE code: 1839).
If your BS in Nursing GPA was above 3.25, the GRE is not required and will not be considered as a part of the application review process. 


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 questions, and 90 seconds to respond to each question. You 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 23, 2019. The purpose of these assessments is to assess each applicant's fit for the program to which they applied and evaluate their understanding of the scope of practice. 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

Admitted students

Decisions are generally sent via email by mid-to-late March for the Fall term.  If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 by April 15, 2019 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.

Learn more and visit us

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.