Post-master's 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 but not required to be considered for admission to the post-master's 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

The NursingCAS application opens September 1, 2019.

The early deadline will be January 15, 2020

The final deadline will be April 15, 2020

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 master's; degree conferral must be received prior to the selected term of application.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an AACN, CCNE or NLN accredited nursing program.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in both graduate and undergraduate (BSN) programs.

All admitted students must obtain a current, valid RN license from any state with in the USA prior to their first term of enrollment in the University of Michigan School.

Apply for our program using the NursingCAS application. There is a non-refundable $70 fee payable through NursingCAS. For information on application fee waivers, visit the NursingCAS fees page.

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.

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

NursingCAS requirements:

Personal information section

Complete the following sections:

  • Biographical
  • Contact
  • Citizenship
  • Family
  • Race & ethnicity 
  • Other 
  • Release form  
Academic history section
  • Send official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework.  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.
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 section
  • Experiences
  • Achievements
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.  

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.

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. 


  • 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.

Helpful Hints:

  • We strongly recommend that at least two letters be from master’s or doctoral prepared nurses, as these individual 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.

Helpful Hints:

  • Resumes should be current and no longer than two pages.  
  • Applicants should keep information relevant to nursing specific experiences and leadership activities. 
  • Involvement in extracurricular leadership activities are great things to have on your resume. These can include hospital committees and leadership activities. 
  • Global experiences are a good thing to highlight. 

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 DNP program.

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 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.

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 generally 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.  

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.

Webinars are held during the fall. These live webinars are hosted by faculty and provide a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions. See our visit us page for more information.