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Admission Requirements

All applicants to Duke's graduate nursing programs are considered on an individual basis. Admission decisions consider a variety of factors on the applicant's complete profile, which includes previous academic work, nursing experience, professional references, and a personal interview. The minimum requirements needed for application review and the required documents are listed below.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing with a BS/BA from a regionally accredited program in another field of study.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the courses required for the undergraduate nursing degree(s).
  • Bachelor’s or post-bachelor’s coursework must include satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics (basic biostatistics).
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years.
    • The GRE will be waived for applicants who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher for the courses required for the undergraduate nursing degree(s), or who hold an earned master’s or doctoral degree. The BSN and/or Associate’s in Nursing degree(s) will be used in the calculation of the cumulative undergraduate GPA.
    • For information about the GRE and a current list of testing dates and locations, consult the GRE home page on the ETS (Educational Testing Service) website.
    • When registering for the GRE, enter institutional code 5156 on the list of score recipients in order to ensure that the scores are sent to Duke University.
  • Nursing experience (one year recommended for most programs; additional experience required for some programs).
  • Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professional nurse in North Carolina is required for matriculation, unless:
    • The student’s license is from a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), and that is the student’s primary state of residence (the declared fixed permanent and principal home for legal purposes, or domicile); or
    • The student is a distance-based student who will not be practicing in North Carolina while enrolled in school, and has licensure or eligibility for licensure in his or her primary state of residence.
    • Information about North Carolina licensure procedures, the Nurse Licensure Compact, and verification of licensure is provided below in the licenses and certifications section of the Duke School of Nursing Bulletin.

Required Application Materials

In order for an application to be submitted for review, the following documents must be postmarked by the admissions deadline.

  • Completed online application.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee, payable online via debit/credit card, or by a check or money order payable to Duke University School of Nursing (mail to: Duke University School of Nursing, Office of Admissions and Student Services, Box 102400, Durham, NC 27710).
  • Official educational transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. International transcripts should be accompanied by a course-by-course report from a credential evaluation agency such as World Education Services (WES).
  • Three recommendations that attest to the applicant’s academic ability, professional competency, and personal character. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the MSN Program.
  • Satisfactory completion of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Official GRE scores completed within five years of application. Satisfactory performance on the GRE is required if your cumulative GPA is below 3.4 for the courses required for the undergraduate nursing degree(s). The BSN and/or Associate’s in Nursing degree(s) will be used in the calculation of the cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • Personal statement.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

The Review and Notification Process

Once the Office of Admissions and Student Services receives all of the required information, it is forwarded for faculty review. Personal interviews are conducted as determined by the program. Select students will be contacted for a faculty interview based upon the applicant’s qualifications, intellectual curiosity, potential for professional growth, and contributions to the profession.

Following the interview, the Master’s Admissions Committee reviews the applicant's file and makes the final admission decision.

Each applicant will be notified electronically regarding the admission decision. If admission is offered, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1000 is required to confirm the student's acceptance of admission. The deposit will be credited to the first semester's tuition charges.