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  • Post-Master's DNP Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    Individuals seeking admission to the doctoral program through the post-master's point of entry must meet the following requirements. (Please note that post-master's early-entry students have a separate set of admission requirements.):

    • A graduate GPA of 3.2 if a master’s degree has been earned;
    • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical section;
    • A BSN and a master's degree in nursing or related field. (Please note: In the absence of a BSN degree, a master's degree in nursing is required.);
    • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered nursing license as a registered nurse in the United States or one of its territories and eligibility for licensure in the state of Mississippi;
    • One year of professional nursing experience preferred but not required;
    • Completion of at least one research course and one statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level;
    • Informal personal statement submitted with application;
      • Why are you seeking admission to the DNP program?
      • What practice inquiry project do you plan to pursue in the program?
      • Which faculty member(s) do wish to provide you with mentorship in the DNP program?
      • What are your goals in the program?
      • What are your long-range career goals?
      • Address your qualifications and readiness for the program.
      • Why do you think this program is best suited to your career goals?
    • Three letters of reference;
    • To be successful in the DNP program, students must be fluent in computer use. Applicants should be familiar with the use of basic computing, including, but not limited to, the Internet, search engines, browsers and instructional computer systems (Blackboard or Web CT), as well as publicly available research databases (PubMed, CINAHL, Psych, etc.).
    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

      International applicants

      For applicants who completed coursework or earned degrees from institutions outside the United States, the following criteria must be met.
      • Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for graduates of foreign schools whose academic language is not English. The minimum TOEFL-Paper Based Test (PBT) score is 550. The minimum TOEFL-Internet Based Test (IBT) score is 79.
      • Other documents required by the university, local, state and federal authorities.
      • Transcripts must be evaluated in a course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES) at or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) at