Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will apply for admissions through the UCI Graduate Division website.

A complete UCI application includes and adheres to the following:

*Please use the two essay prompts below and follow the guidelines to write your essays. Please don’t use the personal history statement and statement of purpose prompts that appear in the online application:

  • *A personal history statement (guidelines)
  • *A statement of purpose (guidelines)
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf (guidelines & submission directions)
  • A current resumé
  • A signed acknowledgement of the Statistics course admission requirement (guidelines)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/institutions (guidelines)
    • If you received your degree outside of the United States, you must upload a professional evaluation/translation in addition to copies of unofficial transcripts.
  • TOEFL or IELTS English test scores (if needed)

Application Notes

  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division
  • We strongly encourage applicants to carefully review the DNP Guide to Applying which is a comprehensive guide to the application and admission requirements.

UC Irvine Graduate Application Fee

Please note that if you are planning to apply for an Application Fee Waiver, you must submit your waiver request to UC Irvine’s Graduate Division 5 days prior to your individual graduate program’s deadline or by March 4 (whichever comes first) of the same calendar year. The School of Nursing does not manage the application fee nor does it manage the application fee waiver process. Please refer to the UC Irvine Graduate Division website for more information: https://grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/fee-waivers.php

  • A MS degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An active, unrestricted RN license for practice in the state where your DNP practicum occurs
  • One year of full-time US-based employment (or a minimum of 1800 hours) as a registered nurse by the start of the program
  • An undergraduate or graduate statistics course that will cover or did cover descriptive and inferential statistics.
    • This statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of starting the program with a grade of B or higher. Courses must be taken for a letter grade – credit/no credit and pass/not pass courses will not be considered.
    • If it has been longer than 5 years, this course can be taken online or in-person at a community college, a university/college, or university extension.
    • If you are on the cusp of the 5 year deadline, we strongly encourage you to retake statistics during the summer before starting the program.
    • Applicants are required to upload a signed copy of the DNP Statistics Acknowledgement form in the UC Irvine Graduate Application.

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With a DNP degree from UCI, you’ll be able to practice at the highest level of the nursing profession.

In the DNP Post-Masters track, the DNP degree builds on master’s degree competencies and equips you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Advance your career in nursing leadership and management
  • Lead quality improvement and practice initiatives to improve health care outcomes
  • Contribute to our profession as a nurse educator

The DNP degree will complete your educational journey as you pursue the career path most suited to your personal goals.

Tuition & Fees

For current Tuition and Fees, please visit the Registrar’s Office website: https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/

* Due to the structure of the program, we are unable to accept the UC Employee tuition discount through Human Resources.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA.

The UC Nurse Fellowship is an annual $10,000 fellowship is open to career-track nurses employed with University of California. Eligibility is contingent upon quarterly verification of part-time or full-time career status within the University of California. Per diem or limited status does not qualify.

In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The following organizations and programs provide financial aid for nursing students:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships

Direct unsubsidized loan/Stafford or Direct PLUS loans

Foundation Scholarships:

American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Nurses Educational Funds (NEF) Scholarships

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.
304 Park Avenue South 11th Floor
New York, NY 10010

March of Dimes Graduate Scholarships – Awarded to members of AWHONN or NANN, with focus on maternal-child nursing.

Education Services
March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605

American Cancer Society -Awarded to applicant conducting cancer research.

The American Cancer Society
Extramural Grants Department
250 Williams Street NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-1002

Johnson & Johnson/AACN – Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars, awarded to minority students who agree to teach nursing after graduation.


NAPNAP Foundation Richardson DNP Scholarship – Awarded to NAPNAP members pursuing DNP education.


DNP (Post-Master’s)
DNP Projects

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