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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is offered specifically for nurse practitioners who wish to increase their knowledge base concerning safe and effective primary patient care for diverse populations.

Program of Study

The DNP program offers a full-time plan of study (12 months) and part-time plan of study (24 months). Seventy-eight hours are required for post-baccalaureate entry and thirty-eight to forty-four hours are required for post-masters entry, depending on the number of clinical hours earned in the master's program.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Application Deadline is February 1.
  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants who are not citizens of the U.S. including permanent resident applicants who hold a "green card" in the U.S. and international applicants currently in the U.S. on any type of visa. The minimum TOEFL is 550.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies.


Program-Specific Requirements:

  • A minimum score of 3.5 in analytical writing on GRE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an academic institution with national and regional accreditation and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended.
  • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered nursing license and national certification as a nurse practitioner and certification in a state as a nurse practitioner is required.
  • All candidates must have a criminal background check with no disqualifying events as mandated by the State of Mississippi and must pass a drug screen (9 panel or higher)
  • The following courses must be completed (with a grade of B or better) prior to admission to DNP courses: Graduate research and graduate inferential statistics.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation are required. The letters must state the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic or work performance.
  • Admission interviews are an important part of the application process. Invitations to interview are sent after a preliminary review of applications in each round. Candidates chosen to interview receive an e-mail with instructions on how to schedule an interview. Interviews take place on the MUW campus.
  • Applicants must enclose a one-to two-page current resume describing all chronological work experience and education since becoming an RN. The applicant must include full legal name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with the resume.
  • The required essay allows the admissions committee to learn about the applicant, his/her accomplishments and professional aspirations. The required essay requires the applicant to describe their career goals and explain how a DNP from MUW will help them accomplish those goals. Questions include reasons for seeking admission to the DNP program; areas of planned research; goals while in the program; long-range career plans; qualifications and readiness for the program; and mentorship by program faculty.

Information regarding the Department of Graduate Nursing programs and applications for admission may be secured by writing to:
Department of Graduate Nursing
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College St. MUW-910
Columbus, MS 39701-5800

Applicants to the Department of Graduate Nursing must meet General Admission Requirements and Graduate Admission Procedures noted in the Graduate Studies Bulletin including all official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work from all institutions attended $25.00 application fee, and immunization requirements sent to the Department of Graduate Nursing.

Application deadline is February 1; however, seats may already be filled. It is best to apply early.

Tuition & Costs:

See Graduate Tuition & Costs

Additional Expenses for Nursing Students:

Malpractice Insurance -----------------------$20.00 - up
Diagnostic and Lab Software ---------------$150.00 - up
Typhon Clinical Tracking ---------------------$75.00
Books and Software ----------------------$2,000.00 (estimated)
Typing/Editing service -----------------------$500.00 - up

Financial Aid & Assistantships:

Students seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice may apply for financial assistance in the form of loans, scholarships, or stipends (601-898-0850) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please call the Office of Financial Aid (662) 329-7114.

For Mississippi Residents Only: Please visit IHL site below after January to apply for scholarships.


Information on the course for this program can be found on our website.


Application Documents

Graduate Nursing Application

1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439