Admissions

The Office of Admissions is available to help you whether you are just beginning to consider the right university or already have a focused plan and are ready to apply.

For general inquires, please send an email to SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu or call the Office of Admissions toll free at 877-415-3853. Our physical address is 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. Our mailing address is DUMC 3322, Durham, NC 27710. For technical assistance with your application, please send an email to SONAdmissions-ChooseDuke@dm.duke.edu.

To apply for admission, please complete our online application. Applications must be complete in order to be considered by the Admissions Committee. To be notified when the application period opens, please complete our inquiry form.

Application Deadlines
Program Deadline Date Deadline Type
BSN-DNP Dec. 1
May 1
Fall Entry Priority
Spring Entry Priority
Post-master's DNP February 1
May 1
Fall Entry
Spring Entry
DNP Dec. 1
May 1
Fall Entry Priority
Spring Entry Priority
Nurse Anesthesia DNP Oct. 15  
DNP Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate for Duke University School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program has excellent collegiate GPAs, is making an impact on nursing practice and has leadership skills.

Admission Criteria for Applicants with a BSN
  • Earned BSN from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing

  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale

  • The GRE is waived if an applicant's cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.4 or higher. Satisfactory performance on the GRE is required if your cumulative GPA is below 3.4

  • Resume or CV

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur

  • Undergraduate statistics course

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character

  • Personal statement

  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

BSN to DNP Program
  • TranscriptsAll post-secondary transcripts from every school where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.

  • RecommendationsUsing our secure, personalized form, three (3) professional recommendations that attest to the applicant's academic ability, professional competency and personal character must be submitted electronically by each recommender during the application process.

  • Personal StatementSix comprehensive essays are required and must be uploaded into the supplemental section after application is submitted. Each statement has a maximum of one page, double spaced, 11-12 font size. You must include the question number and question as the header.

  • Resume/CV: Resume and/or CV must be uploaded in the application.

  • Official GRE Scores: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.4. The GRE is waived if you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher or if you have earned a master's or higher-level degree from an accredited institution. GRE scores should be sent directly to the Duke University Graduate School. The GRE school code is R5156. Official GRE scores must arrive before the application deadline date. Scores can take up to 24 days to arrive to the school.

Admission Criteria for Applicants with an MSN
  • Earned master's in nursing in an advanced nursing practice specialty from a nationally accredited CCNE or NLNAC program or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a health related profession

  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse (if applicable)

  • GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale

  • Resume or CV

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur

  • Graduate research methods and inferential statistics course(s)

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competency and personal character

  • Personal statement

  • Telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

    Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Transcripts: All post-secondary transcripts from every school where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.

    • RecommendationsUsing our secure, personalized form, three (3) professional recommendations that attest to the applicant's academic ability, professional competency and personal character must be submitted electronically by each recommender during the application process.

    • Personal Statement: Three comprehensive essays are required and must be uploaded into the supplemental section after application is submitted. Each statement has a maximum of one page, double spaced, 11-12 font size. You must include the question number and question as the header.

    • Resume/CV: Resume and/or CV must be uploaded in the application.

    Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Transcripts: All post-secondary transcripts from every school where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.

    • RecommendationsUsing our secure, personalized form, three (3) professional recommendations that attest to the applicant's academic ability, professional competency and personal character must be submitted electronically by each recommender during the application process.

    • Personal StatementThree comprehensive essays are required and must be uploaded into the supplemental section after application is submitted. Each statement has a maximum of one page, double spaced, 11-12 font size. You must include the question number and question as the header.

    • Resume/CV: Resume and/or CV must be uploaded in the application.

    • Official GRE Scores: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants. GRE scores should be sent directly to the Duke University Graduate School. The GRE school code is R5156. Official GRE scores must arrive before the application deadline date. Scores can take up to 24 days to arrive to the school.

    Students with International Credits
    Sample Matriculation Plans: DNP 

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    Apply Now

    As a new applicant, you will create an application via Choose DukeNOTE: You must log out of any existing social media accounts (e.g., Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook) before creating a Duke social media login. If you need assistance creating an account or logging into Choose Duke, contact our office at SONAdmissions-ChooseDuke@dm.duke.edu or request help from the Duke OIT Help Desk at https://oit.duke.edu/help.

    To complete your application:

    1. Answer all required questions and submit form.

    2. Pay the application fee.

    3. Upload final versions of all required documents. NOTE: Once uploaded, they cannot be changed.

    4. Send electronic recommendation forms using our secure portal.

    5. Send your official transcripts electronically to SON-DOCUMENTS@dm.duke.edu or in a sealed envelope to:

    Duke School of Nursing
    Office of Admissions
    DUMC 3322
    307 Trent Dr.
    Durham, NC 27710

    When your application is complete, it will be submitted and held for review by the program’s admission committee. If any information is missing, your application will not be considered.

    Monitor Your Application Status

    The Duke School of Nursing Admissions team will communicate with you via email during decision making. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check your spam box for communications from SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu or add us to your safe senders list to make sure you are receiving our communications.

    You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible. Once your application fee and online application are submitted, you will be able to monitor the submission of your application.

    To monitor the submission of uploaded documents such as recommendations, resume and personal statements, please log back into your Application.

    To monitor the submission of your transcripts as well as admission and financial aid decisions, please log in to the Duke Applicant Self-Service Portal and refer to this user guide.

    After uploading all of your supplemental items for your application, you will receive an email within 72 hours informing you that an account has been created in Duke Applicant Self Service. This email will provide instructions on how and where to login.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    General

    Where do I send my application materials?
    Does the School of Nursing accept electronic transcripts?
    Can I fax my transcripts?
    Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online?
    Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview?
    If I am offered admission, can I defer my acceptance to another semester?

    General FAQs

    Where do I send my application materials?

    Office of Admissions and Student Services
    Box 102400
    307 Trent Drive
    Durham, NC 27710

    Does the School of Nursing accept electronic transcripts? Yes, electronic transcripts can be emailed to SON-DOCUMENTS@dm.duke.edu.

    Can I fax my transcripts? Transcripts may be faxed for an unofficial transcript evaluation or to help determine prerequisite completion. Please review the information below on how to initiate this service. The fax number is (919) 668-4693.

    Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college or online? Yes. The prerequisite courses can be completed at any regionally accredited college/university or community college. Online courses are acceptable if the institution is accredited.

    Should I contact the admissions office to set up a personal interview? Interviews are not required for the ABSN program. If you would like to schedule a visit to campus, please contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment at SONAdmissions@dm.duke.edu.

    If I am offered admission, can I defer my acceptance to another semester? As a general rule, the School of Nursing does not permit deferrals unless there are extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control that would prevent them from enrolling in the term they were admitted. If you have a concern about your ability to start for the semester admitted, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

    Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

    Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

    Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

    We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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