The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, open since 2006, was one of the very first online BS to DNP programs and has won a number of national and regional awards for excellence in online education. We have a history of consistent positive student outcomes and a wealth of experience, expertise, and high student satisfaction levels. 

We have students and alumni all over the U.S. and in at least three foreign countries. This program will help you develop the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to manage patients as well as lead health care systems, evaluate and apply research and other forms of evidence, enhance and evaluate clinical outcomes, and help facilitate progress toward more effective and sustainable health care. The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

Choose one of the following concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL), Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). If you already are a certified advanced practice nurse with a MSN, choose our all online DNP Completion program, requiring a minimum of 36 semester credits and a plan of study designed individually by portfolio review.
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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $825
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course

There is also a one-time $507 Graduate Registrar's Service Fee, which is a one-time fee paid by all entering matriculated graduate students.


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

The UMass Amherst Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Application deadline for the class that starts Fall of each year is December 15th. The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing will continue to accept applications until all seats are filled. Please complete the request for more information to the right for more details.
The application is a two part process. The applicant must fill out an application to the Graduate School available at 413.545.0721 or online at www.umass.edu/gradschool.
The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing requires supplemental materials to the Graduate School Application. These additional materials can be uploaded to the Graduate School Application.

Financial Aid: 

Financial aid is available in the form of graduate loans.  Information is available at https://www.umass.edu/uww/resources/financial-aid. Additional aid opportunities include grants, fellowships, traineeships, assistantships, minority student assistantships, and employment opportunities.