The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, introduced in 2006, was one of the first online DNP programs in the country.

Our DNP program was ranked #30 in the nation in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report and #38 among Best Online DNP Programs in 2020 by 

We have a history of consistent positive student outcomes and a wealth of experience, expertise, and high student satisfaction levels, and have students and alumni across the U.S. and in several other countries.

The College of Nursing offers the benefits and resources of a large, highly-ranked research university.

The Nursing faculty includes renowned professors whose widely published research puts them at the forefront of their fields and enriches the quality of their teaching.

The UMass Amherst DNP will prepare you to:

  • Develop the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to manage patients as well as lead health care systems
  • Evaluate and apply research and other forms of evidence
  • Enhance and evaluate clinical outcomes help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care

Specialization Areas*


Post-Baccalaureate Role Concentrations:

Post-MS Option:

Plan of Study

The DNP Program is completely online. You will gain experiential learning through clinical internships to be arranged in your area.  

Note about DNP curriculum: 

All states require graduates of our programs to pass national certifying exams for their respective Doctors of Nurse Practice specialization area prior to licensure. Each state requires NPs have to be certified by the respective national professional certification association. States may have additional requirements but these are not addressed by our graduate curricula, which prepare students for the national certification exams. Access to your state’s licensing agency is available on the Directory of Nursing Licensing Agencies.




If you have a specific question about the DNP program, please complete the information request form or contact:

Karen Ayotte, DNP Program Assistant
032 Skinner Hall
Tel: 413.545.1302