The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission


Prerequisites and Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the UMass Amherst Graduate School and the College of Nursing: 

  • A baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing, or an associate’s degree in nursing and a non-Nursing baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited school or college of nursing with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher
  • A current professional license

Apply for the Doctor of Nursing Practice online throughthe UMass Amherst Graduate School. 

The following supplemental materials are required by the College of Nursing (see the Graduate School Application Supplement in the Downloads section below for instructions). You may upload these materials as part of the online graduate school application process:

  • Academic writing sample 
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Current résumé or CV
  • Documentation of professional licensure and certifications
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (where applicable) 

Please have official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended sent to the Graduate School:

Graduate Student Service Center
534 Goodell Building
University of Massachusetts
140 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9333


Out of state studentsThe University of Massachusetts Amherst operates distance education classes and programs for out-of-state students under the terms and provisions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  Due to certain states' restrictions on clinical placements for students enrolled in out-of-state institutions, we are currently unable to accept DNP students seeking a clinical certification​​​ who reside in: Alabama, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon. Only students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization area may be accepted in Washington. Our office will confirm the current regulations concerning clinical placements as necessary. 

Estimated Cost

The cost per credit is $750 (note: the cost is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students). In addition, there is a $50 nonrefundable registration fee each semester.

Estimated additional fees will include:

  • CastleBranch (background check and immunization tracker):  $85 (1-time fee)
  • Typhon (clinical tracking system): $80 (1-time fee)
  • I -Human for primary care NPs: $95 per clinical semester