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 August 15, 2019.

Application deadline announcement forthcoming. 

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.
  • Applicants with non-nursing master's 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.

Apply for our program using the NursingCAS application. There is a $70 fee payable through For information on application fee waivers, visit the NursingCAS fees page. It is highly recommended that applicants check their NursingCAS application account frequently to ensure documents are received and processed by the deadline. 

NursingCASApplicants must complete the following sections: 

Personal information section
Academic history section
  • 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 us 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 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 master's 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.  If a recommender needs assistance please direct them to contact NursingCAS.
    • 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-Master's 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: Master's 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.

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 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.

For the priority deadline applicants, 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 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.
Please see FAQs for admitted graduate students for commonly asked questions and answers.

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.