DNP: Application Information and Instructions
Early Consideration - December 1
Final Deadline - May 1
Candidates must apply to the University. The University application is available online at www.admissions.msu.edu. A non-refundable $65 application fee applies. The University application must be submitted online.
To apply to the fall 2017 DNP Program, choose:
- First Semester to Enroll: Fall 2017 (8/30/2017-12/15/2017)
- Major Preference: 4030 – Nursing Practice – (Doctoral)
Any errors in this process will restrict your ability to apply appropriately to the College of Nursing. If you make an error in the Major or Semester Start date, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions to submit the correct information. The Office of Admissions can be reached at (517) 355-8332. It is very important to fill out the Department Questions under the “Miscellaneous” tab of the application.
At the time of submitting your application, arrange to have one official transcript from each college, university, and school attended sent to:
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2604
Telephone: (517) 355-8332 Fax: (517) 353-1647
These transcripts should cover all academic work completed to date. All transcripts sent directly from another school become the property of Michigan State University and cannot be returned to the applicant. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline in order for the application to be considered complete.
MSU Students & Alumni: If an applicant has been or is currently an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, s/he does not need to order official MSU transcripts. We will obtain an applicant's MSU records from the Registrar's Office. You will be required to submit one official transcript from any college(s) and/or university(s) that you have attended (MSU excluded) for inclusion in your admission materials.
Unofficial transcripts from the BSN Institution may be requested by the College of Nursing if official transcripts have not been received or uploaded by the University Admissions Office. Be prepared to upload scanned copies to the Graduate Education Student Portal. Please note that content from any unofficial transcripts sent must match the official transcript when it arrives – this includes, but is not limited to, information on cumulative GPA, date of degree conferral, name and institution information.
SPECIAL NOTE: You will upload the Personal Statement, References & your Resume (listed below) through the Graduate Education Student Portal via the Office of Admissions website at: https://admissions.msu.edu/portal/ You will need your Applicant ID and Password to log in. Your Personal Statement, Resume and References will all be uploaded here. You may also upload unofficial transcripts if official ones have not arrived on time.
An essay of no more than five typewritten double-spaced pages (8 ½ x 11) is required as part of the application which addresses the following:
- A personal statement about how your professional background and life experiences including social, economic, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
- Description of your vision of the role of the nursing leader, giving an example of a professional situation in which you assumed leadership.
- What qualities do you possess that will facilitate your ability to balance the challenges presented by doctoral education?
- Describe the DNP project you are interested in carrying out while in the program. If you are unsure of a specific topic, discussion of the general focus area will be acceptable. Include a brief discussion of the relevance of the DNP focus area to your future career goals.
The DNP Program requires three recommendations from professional references. The references must be from sources that have direct knowledge of the applicant’s practice and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do doctoral work. As a general guideline, individuals who understand the demand and rigor of graduate nursing education should complete letters of recommendation.
All recommendations should be completed by nurses holding graduate degrees. At least one reference should be from an Advanced Practice Nurse in your specialty area and at least one reference should be from a Doctorally-prepared nurse.
The recommendation should not be from a relative or personal friend.
Applicants will provide contact information for references in the online application. References will then be automatically notified by the application administrator to fill out the forms electronically.
A resume must be presented as documentation of years of both clinical practice experience and educational experiences. At least one year of full-time professional experience as a registered nurse is required. Upload a copy of your resume directly to the online application.
RN Licensure and Advanced Practice Nurse Certification
Applicants admitted to the DNP program must hold (a) an unrestricted, current license as a Registered Nurse in their state or country (b) current credential to practice as an APN in their state or country, and (c) current National Board certification. Evidence of licensure and a copy of national certification must be submitted with the College of Nursing application. The license to practice must be free from restrictions or limitations. You will be asked to provide the license numbers for your RN and APRN roles. You may fax copies of your National Certification for Advanced Practice to the College of Nursing at (517) 353-4827 or email a scanned copy to the Advisor for Graduate Clinical Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Validation of Clinical Hours and Advanced Practice Core Coursework
Applicants are required to submit a validation form to the Administrator of their APN Program (MSN or Post Masters) to verify the total number of clinical hours completed in the program as well as curriculum content for core APN coursework. The form is located on the Nursing website and can be downloaded, filled out by the applicant and sent to the applicant’s program. The administrator will then need to complete the form and return it to the DNP Applicant who will upload it directly to the application.
All forms must be received by the final application deadline on May 1, 2017 at 5pm. Forms can also be submitted to the Graduate Program Advisor via email at email@example.com or fax to (517) 353-4827.
Documentation of Prerequisite Coursework
Approved graduate-level statistics, research methods and health policy courses of at least 3 semester credits, each. Each must have been successfully completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The statistics course must have been completed within 5 years prior to admission. The policy course must be completed prior to starting NUR 963 Leadership II: Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations and the methods course must be completed prior to starting NUR 962 Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice.
Grade Point Average
Cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) for the Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Masters Program, if applicable.
International Graduate Students/TOEFL Exam
Must satisfactorily complete the TOEFL exam or the MSU English Language Center examination (writing, speaking, listening, comprehension) prior to admission to the program. Provide scores in the appropriate section of the online application. Instructions for international applicants can be located at:
Applications cannot be considered unless all the materials listed above are received by the established deadline.