Build your expertise in evidence-based health care and leadership skills, and become a clinical expert with the depth required to improve health care quality, formulate policies and teach others with UMass Lowell’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).


Current industry trends recommend that all APRNs be prepared at the highest levels of nursing practice with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree by 2025. This industry shift prompted UMass Lowell to expand its DNP program to an online format, providing individuals with greater access to a high-quality DNP degree from a nonprofit public university.

Designed for those who hold a master of science degree in nursing, this post-master's degree can be completed in two years when pursued full-time, or in three years when pursued on a part-time basis. While courses are delivered online, the program also features five 2-day on-campus intensives that offer valuable networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • No GRE required
  • Apply anytime
  • Complete in as little as 2 years
  • One of the most affordable tuitions in the nation

Learn More About This Program:

For more information, visit UMass Lowell's Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) webpage.

We are happy to help! Call 800-480-3190 to speak with an advisor or email your questions to graduate_admissions@uml.edu.


Tuition and Fees Information

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $585
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Late Fee for Non-Payment $50
Total for Course** $1,785 ($585 x 3 credits = $1,755 + $30 registration fee per semester)
*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.
**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.
For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.

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

UMass Lowell's Doctorate in Nursing Practice is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).



  • Master of Science in Nursing with APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) preparation with national certification as an APRN or board eligible for certification OR Master of Science in Nursing with a current RN license.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in a nursing master's degree program (3.3 GPA preferred).
  • 500 master's or post-master's practicum hours. Applicants who are not APRNs must provide evidence of practice hour equivalents from their master's program or ANCC certification in their area of practice, which affords 250 hours.
  • Virtual interview with nursing faculty.
Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on the program, matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solution Center at 978-934-2000 or TSC@uml.edu to determine eligibility.