Doctor of Nursing Practice (Boston)


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a 39-credit doctoral program at UMass Boston's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, open to all applicants holding a Master's degree in Nursing with preparation as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, as well as those holding an MS in Nursing and certified as a nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575.00
Total for course                                 $1725 ($575x3 credits = $1725)

New Student Fee: $345.00 - in 2 parts

Additional Fee's
Application Fee: $ 40.00
Clinical Lab Fee: $ 55.00 per clinical course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- September 2009 (Online Degree
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council , 2008
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  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
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Applicants to the post master's DNP degree program must meet the entrance requirements of the University of Massachusetts Graduate Program and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Each applicant will be a graduate of a nationally accredited school of nursing, demonstrate a master's degree in nursing and demonstrate a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the baccalaureate degree and a 3.2 in master's degree program of study, with a Science GPA of 3.0 or higher in the baccalaureate and/or master's degree program of study.

Interested applicants not holding a national certification as an APRN may be eligible to apply to the post master's NP /.CNS program in order to obtain the necessary courses and clinical experience necessary to site for the national certification exam.

Applicants must submit the following documentation:

1.  Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate programs attended
2.  3 letters of recommendation from health professionals describing professional nursing experience, leadership ability, and/or scholarly achievements
3.  Scholarly abstract of a completed project or academic paper of no more than 300 words
4.  500-word professional goal statement including five career objectives
5.  Professional resume
6.  Registered nurse license
TOEFL scores if needed
8.  Evidence of professional certification
9.  A portfolio review will be required for those applicants not holding national certification as an NP or a CNS

Application deadlines is March 31st for fall admissions.

A personal interview with faculty may be required.

Plan of Study: 

The DNP Program can be completed in three years full-time. All didactic courses are online only, with clinical internships in your work healthcare organization. Students will develop a program in collaboration with their program advisor that best meets their work and study needs while in keeping with the prerequisite course requirements. Click here to see an overview of our part-time, online DNP Program of Study- designed for the working Nurse Practitioner. Please click here for more course specific plan of study details - get started in the program!

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. Next, download your required Financial Aid Forms here.
  3. Check your financial aid status using WISER.
  4. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at


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