Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admissions Requirements
2024 Admissions Deadline
April 1, 2024 All application materials must be submitted by April 1. Seats may fill before the application deadline. It is best to apply early.
Graduate Studies at The W Admission Requirements
A completed Graduate Application form.
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including transcripts from The W. 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.
Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
An immunization form showing two doses of the MMR vaccine. 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.
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.
Unencumbered MS RN/APRN license.
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 level Advanced Pathophysiology course.
Three letters of professional recommendation are required. The letters must state the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons 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 W 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 1000 word 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. Essay should be double spaced and each page should include your name and page number.