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.
Fall Entry Priority
Spring Entry Priority
Specialty Certificates (Fall Start Only)
Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Admission Requirements
Transcripts: All post-secondary transcripts from every school where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.
Recommendations: Using 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.
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.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
Each program has specific admission requirements in addition to the application materials above.
Sample Matriculation Plan: MSN
Duke University's Annual Clery Security Report as Mandated by Federal Statute 20 USC § 1092. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report include institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, as well as statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Duke University property and on public property adjacent to campus and fires that have occurred in residence halls. A copy of this Report can be obtained by contacting the Duke Police Department at 684-4602 or writing to 502 Oregon Street, Durham, NC 27708 or by accessing: http://www.duke.edu/police/news_stats/clery.php
Technical Standards. All DUSON students should review the technical standards required of them.
As a new applicant, you will create an application via Choose Duke. NOTE: 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:
Answer all required questions and submit form.
Pay the application fee.
Upload final versions of all required documents. NOTE: Once uploaded, they cannot be changed.
Send electronic recommendation forms using our secure portal.
Send your official transcripts electronically to SON-DOCUMENTS@dm.duke.edu or in a sealed envelope to:
Duke School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
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
Duke School of Nursing Admissions 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
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?
MSN & Post-Graduate Certificate Program
Is the GRE required?
What is the school code for the School of Nursing?
Is part-time study available?
How many years of nursing experience must I have before applying to Duke's graduate programs?
What do successful DUSON MSN applicants look like?
What types of recommendation letters should I get for my application?
Where do I send my application materials?
Office of Admissions and Student Services
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.
MSN & Post-Graduate Certificate Program FAQs
Is the GRE required? The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or higher or those with an earned master’s degree or higher. All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.4 are required to submit GRE scores. The cumulative undergraduate GPA is reflective of the applicant’s nursing degree(s) only (Associate’s and/or BSN degree).
A competitive GRE score would fall within the top 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative components. For more information regarding GRE scores, visit the Educational Testing Service website.
What is the school code for the School of Nursing? R5156. It typically takes 10 to 15 days for a score to reflect in the Duke system once it is released by the testing agency.
Is part-time study available? Yes, part-time study is available depending on your program of study. Please refer to the MSN Curricula page to view majors that offer part-time study options.
How many years of nursing experience must I have before applying to Duke's graduate programs? It is recommended, but not required, that applicants have one year of nursing experience before applying. Applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia Program are required to have at least one year of acute care RN experience. All Neonatal Nurse Practitioner applicants need two years of clinical experience before starting clinical courses. Applicants for the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of acute care pediatric nursing experience.
What do successful DUSON MSN applicants look like? Each applicant and DUSON student is unique, but there are some features that many successful students share. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and aptitude for demanding graduate coursework, successful candidates can clearly articulate the role for which they are applying and demonstrate an understanding of both the daily responsibilities as well as prominent issues for the field. The admissions committee reviews each application, including the personal statement, and considers the potential success of the applicant in a graduate program that requires critical thought and ability to form logical arguments in writing. The admissions committee also considers the applicant’s potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field.
Duke University and Duke University School of Nursing respect and appreciate diversity in all its forms. The personal statement provides an opportunity for applicants to share, if you wish, a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better.
What types of recommendation letters should I get for my application? Every applicant is unique, and we recognize that individuals have a variety of work and educational experiences and personal circumstances. Three professional letters of reference are required. The letters of reference should address your academic ability as well as your abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing. Successful applicants typically have at least one reference letter from a professor or teacher and one reference letter from a work supervisor. If you are a supervisor, then consider a professional colleague. Individuals providing letters of reference should have had recent (within the last five years) educational or professional relationships with the applicant. Letters from current work supervisors are particularly helpful to the MSN Admissions Committee. In addition, letters of reference from individuals that have the degree/credential from the program that the applicant is applying for can be used to demonstrate that the applicant has an understanding of the role that they are seeking, which is an important admissions consideration.