Graduate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Priority deadline is December 15 for fall admission. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled.

Why Choose the Online Doctor of Nursing Practice at UMass Amherst?

The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, introduced in 2006, was one of the first online DNP programs in the country, and has since won a number of national and regional awards for excellence in online education.

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

Choose one of the following specializations:

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.


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

Karen Ayotte, Program Assistant
020A Skinner Hall
Tel: 413.545.1302


The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) website posts the position statement regarding the Practice Doctorate in Nursing, DNP frequently asked questions, and other important topics.