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  • DNP Early-Entry Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    Applicants who wish to be considered for post-master’s DNP early-entry status must meet the following minimum criteria:

    • An acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, including a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical section;
    • A minimum overall GPA of 3.2, on a 4.0 scale, through the first semester of full-time study in the MSN program;
    • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a practice supervisor and at least one from a doctorally prepared faculty member attesting to the applicant’s potential for doctoral study);
    • Preadmission interview with DNP faculty at UMMC.
    For a list of additional academic policies and regulations, including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations, please click here.

      Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

      Participating schools

      Post-master's DNP early entry is offered to outstanding UMMC and Alcorn State University MSN students through a competitive selection process. Eligible students must have completed an entire semester of coursework in the respective UMMC or ASU MSN track prior to applying.

      Progression and retention

      To retain status as an early-entry student, the student must meet the following conditions:

      • Maintain continuous enrollment in the UMMC or ASU MSN program; 
      • Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Any grade less than a "C" in the MSN program will result in dismissal from the DNP Early-Entry program.

      Matriculation into DNP program

      Upon completion of the MSN program and receiving the Master of Science in Nursing degree, students, who meet the admission criteria for the DNP program and receive approval by the DNP program director, will be admitted directly into the DNP program.