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DNP Admissions - International Students

ADMISSION CRITERIA (Summer start only)

  1. A Master' degree in Nursing* in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) or ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) program is preferred.

* Applicants who hold a non-nursing master's degree will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. This process may entail review of a portfolio or other evaluative mechanisms, and may require completion of some master's level nursing course(s).

  1. Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable). Where a legal certification is necessary to practice in an advanced role, as with nurse practitioners, the student must hold that certification. In other specialties where legal certification is not required for practice, such as forensic nurses, clinical specialists, and nurse executives, certification is not required.
  2. GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse
  4. Undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics (3 credits) with a grade of "B"
  5. A score of 600 or higher (100 iBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)
  6. A credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work are required.
  7. Successful phone interview with a DNP Admissions Committee member
  8. Meet the Technical Standards for Admission.
  9. If previously enrolled in a DNP Program, a letter of good standing from the Director of the Nursing Program is required.

Mandatory On-campus Requirement
Attendance is mandatory at the on-campus Doctoral Week in May.


The admissions process for nursing graduate studies is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing.

1. Complete the online Duquesne University International Application.
Please choose the INTERNATIONAL application, not the Graduate Nursing application
If transcripts will be sent under a different name, i.e. maiden or former name, please indicate that name.

2. Provide three reference letters from professional practice. Send this link to your references to complete: Graduate Reference Form
By forwarding this link to your references, you waive your right to view the recommendations.

3. Mail the following to the School of Nursing - DNP Program:

    • Current curriculum vitae (CV): a complete resume with dated work and practice, honors, awards, publications and presentations
    • Copy of current unencumbered RN license
    • Copies of current advance practice certifications
    • Formal goal statement regarding your interest in DNP study (500-1000 words). Please base your response on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
    • The Request for Advanced Standing Form and supporting documents, if requesting advanced standing

4. Arrange for these sealed documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing - DNP Program (If transcripts will be sent under a different name, i.e. maiden or former name, please indicate that name):

  • Official BSN transcript
  • Official MSN transcript
  • Official transcript showing undergraduate or graduate statistics, if not included on BSN or Master's degree program transcript
  • Credential evaluation from CGFNS and WES
  • TOEFL scores
  • Official transcripts of graduate courses, if requesting advanced standing

5. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.

6. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in class.

DNP Special Status, Non-degree