Application Information and Process

In addition to the information requested on the form accessed through the below link, submit evidence of your current professional RN license, your current CV or resume, and copies of scholarly papers/publications.

Admission Requirements

  • For those applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and wish to first obtain a Nurse Practitioner master’s degree then progress toward a DNP degree, visit the Post-Bachelor’s to DNP webpage for requirements. For those who hold a master’s degree in nursing and wish to obtain a DNP degree, visit the Post-Master’s to DNP webpage for requirements.
  • Application to the program via the Grad School online link (includes transcripts of all prior academic work).
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut.
  • A cumulative undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Reference letters that address the applicant’s level of commitment, leadership ability, clinical practice, professional involvement, and scholarly potential.
  • Complete essay questions about why you decided to pursue this degree, talk about your accomplishments and goals, and indicate what clinical practice dissertation topic interests you and what your time frame is for completion.
  • Clear indication re: desired advanced practice specialization area: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner: Primary Care, Adult-Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner: Acute Care, or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
  • Submission of any published works or scholarly papers. *Required for Post-Master's to DNP applicants only.
  • A personal interview.

Post-Bachelor's to DNP Applicants

When completing the application, under the Intended Program tab select the following:

  • Levels of Study: PhD/Doctoral
  • Academic Areas: Health
  • Program: Nursing BS DNP
  • Concentration: choose the MS track in which you are interested
  • Campus: Storrs
  • Entry Term: Fall 2022

Post-Master's to DNP Applicants

When completing the application, under the Intended Program tab select the following:

  • Levels of Study: PhD/Doctoral
  • Academic Areas: Health
  • Program: Nursing DNP
  • Campus: Storrs
  • Entry Term: the deadline to apply for Spring 2022 is December 1, 2021.  The deadline to apply to Fall 2022 is July 1, 2022.

Notice to All International Students Applying to the DNP Program

This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.

Disclosure for Post-Bachelor's to DNP Applicants:

In accordance with the Higher Education Act, UConn hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut. For the avoidance of doubt, UConn does not represent that satisfactory completion of UConn’s program will result in licensure in the State of Connecticut or any other state. The applicable licensing board in Connecticut may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license (e.g., passing of an exam; obtaining a certificate; performing clinical hours; etc.), and we encourage you to investigate those requirements. UConn has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in the states or territories that you may be interested in licensure prior to accepting our offer of admission.

Important information about Graduate School fellowships

In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:

  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).
The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).

For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.
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Days Until Application Deadline
Ends On December 1, 2021

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program accepts students in the fall and spring semesters. Please submit materials no later than December 1 to begin the following spring semester, and no later than July 15 to begin the following fall semester. The application opens mid-September of each year.