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Program Admission by Semester

The following table indicated the terms for which each program considers students for admission.

MSN, Post-Master's Certificatexx 
Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics x 
Nurse Anesthesia-DNP (pending approval)x  
Non-Degree Enrollmentxxx
Non-Degree Orthopedic Certificate  x

Sample Matriculation Plans



Priority Application Deadlines

The priority application dates represent all DUSON programs except the PhD program. It is strongly recommended that you submit your application before the priority deadline. It is likely that enrollment in many programs will be filled soon after that date. Applications received after the priority deadline dates will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Would you like to be notified when the application is available? Complete our prospect information form and we’ll notify you when the application cycle has opened.

Admit Term Application Availability Priority Deadline/Additional Information
Fall 2014 Available in a limited capacity MSN-DNP: February 1, 2014
Nurse Anesthesia-DNP: February 1, 2014
All other programs: The priority application deadline has passed. At this time, the Fall 2014 application cycle remains open only for the following majors in the MSN program: Informatics, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, Nursing Education, Neonatal, Primary Care Pediatrics and Acute Care Pediatrics.
Spring 2015 Available Now ABSN Program: June 1, 2014
MSN-DNP Program: May 1, 2014
All other programs: May 1, 2014
Fall 2015 DNP: February 1
Nurse Anesthesia-DNP: February 1
All other programs: December 1

Application and Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, interested students must complete the online admission application. The Office of Admissions and Student Services coordinates the review of applications for the ABSN, MSN, Certificate, Non-Degree and DNP programs. PhD students apply directly through the Graduate School. A file is considered complete if it has been submitted with the following materials by the application deadline:

  1. Online application and $50.00 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution in order to be considered official. DUSON will accept electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution(s). These documents can be emailed to Fax transcripts are considered unofficial.
  3. Official GRE test scores taken within the past five years. A competitive score is typically earned within the 50th percentile. Test score waivers are available for ABSN and MSN applicants who have an earned a master’s degree or a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. The GRE is required for all Nurse Anesthesia DNP students and cannot be waived for any applicants.
  4. Personal Statement.
  5. Resume/Vitae (required of all graduate applicants).
  6. References submitted using the online application recommender tool.
  7. Portfolio (required only for DNP, Nurse Anesthesia-DNP, and BSN-DNP).

Each program has specific admission requirements in addition to the application materials above:

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I applied only to Duke because I had such a positive introduction to the faculty. Their support made me confident that this is what I wanted to do, and that I could do it."

Louise Fleming, MSN Student