Application Information and Process

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The application period for Spring 2020 admission is now open.

Application Process Deadlines

In order to be considered for funding (including graduate assistantships and scholarships), the application is due January 15 of each year for admission beginning the following fall semester. Applications received after that date will be reviewed monthly. All applications must be received by June 5.

Program Cost

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program has moved from a tuition-based system to a fee-based system. The cost per credit for the Fall 2019 academic year will be $925/credit, as approved by the UConn Board of Trustees.

Admission Requirements

  • Application to the DNP 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.
  • Three 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.
  • A personal interview.

Our BS-DNP Program was approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education on 11/02/2011.

 

Notice to All International Students Applying to the BS-DNP or DNP Programs

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.

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.

Needed Application Materials

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