Admission Criteria

BSN to DNP

The post-baccalaureate entry point is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree and desire to obtain a doctoral degree in nursing practice. The student will develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become clinical scholars, clinical experts, and transformational leaders who will function at the highest level of nursing practice.

Admissions Requirements:

  • BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • BSN 3.25 GPA (calculated on last 60 hours of BSN coursework)
  • Current professional licensure
  • Completion of an undergraduate general statistics course

Direct Admit Option

Guaranteed admission to the BSN-DNP program is selective and open to students who have earned a BSN from the University of Missouri – St. Louis or completed the UMSL CON Externship in Nursing Summer program and earned a BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program. Applicants must have a 3.75 GPA (calculated on last 60 hours of BSN coursework). Once admitted, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA.  For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 1. 

Spaces in the BSN-DNP program are limited and are first awarded to guaranteed applicants. Non-guaranteed applicants should apply for early acceptance by January 15. Based on space availability, applications will be accepted until the class is full. 

MSN to DNP

The post master’s entry point is designed for graduate-prepared nurses who want to develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become clinical scholars, transformational leaders, and function at the highest level of nursing practice while obtaining a terminal degree in nursing practice.

Admissions Requirements:

  • MSN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • MSN 3.25 GPA
  • Current professional licensure
  • Completion of an undergraduate general statistics course or Graduate level general statistics course

Application Process

  • Complete the UMSL Graduate Application Form
  • Complete the DNP Supplemental Application Form. You must complete UMSL’s Graduate Application Form before you are able to access the Nursing Supplemental Application Form.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Current CV/resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two-page essay, indicating your professional goals and proposed DNP project. The written statement should respond to the following attributes:
    • Introduction-Include professional background, but not personal identifiers such as name, place of employment, etc., and the population track of interest (i.e., leadership, FNP, AGNP, etc.). (250 word max.)
    • Learning-Describe how you think about and pursue learning in your profession. (250 word max.)
    • Diversity-Discuss a nursing practice experience that changed or impacted your understanding of diversity and why. (250 word max.)
    • Meaningfulness-Describe an activity that brings meaning to your life. (250 word max.)
    • Leadership-Describe direct or indirect leadership experiences you have had. (250 word max.)
    • Final summary

Please visit our online application site for detailed information about submitting the materials listed above.