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Please read the whole page before you begin the application. This content outlines all the materials and resources you need on hand to complete your application to the DNP program for any focus area except nurse anesthesia. All required materials must be completed per application instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the UIC Nursing graduate admissions team at


Application Submission Details

Admits: Fall
Deadline: January 15
Interview: September – February
Decision Notification: September – Late March

*Some deadline exceptions may apply for our active military applicants. Please reach out to, if you have any questions.


Twelve focus areas of our DNP program are offered at all six UIC Nursing campuses. (Nurse anesthesia is in Chicago only.) Students admitted to regional campuses may have to travel to Chicago or another region for NURS 532 Comprehensive Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice lab.

Because the program has some on-campus requirements, and because faculty arrange all clinical site placements for students, students must live within commuting distance of the UIC Nursing campus to which they are admitted. That could be in Illinois or a bordering state (IA, WI, IN, MO, KY). Students must also have a registered nursing license in the state in which their clinicals will be completed.

Note for international applicants: The DNP program does not meet F-1/J-1 student visa requirements. Applicants in other visa categories should check regulations for their specific visa type before applying.

Be sure to read: Admission Requirements

Step-by-Step Application Instructions Heading link

1. Submit NursingCAS and UIC Nursing Graduate Supplemental Application

After submitting your NursingCAS application, visit the UIC Graduate Application page to submit the UIC Nursing Graduate Supplemental Application. Once on the page, type “DNP” into the search bar. You will then be able to select Nursing Practice – DNP. Click on Apply and create a login.

You will be able to complete Steps 2 – 6 (listed below) within the NursingCAS application.

*Please note: Both a NursingCAS application and UIC Nursing Graduate supplemental application are required to complete your admission file for review.

2. Select UIC Nursing Campus and Specialty

You will be prompted to select a UIC College of Nursing campus and specialty to apply to in the NursingCAS application. All UIC DNP applicants must select a campus and specialty in the application – applications are reviewed and applicants interviewed based on this selection. You may only apply to one campus and specialty per application term. Please note if admitted, any changes to campus and or specialty are subject to review and are not guaranteed.

Post-master’s applicants who already hold advanced practice certification or a master’s degree in either nursing administration or community health nursing may apply to the UIC Post-Master’s DNP, No New Specialty option if you are not interested in certification in a new practice area.

  • The Post-Masters DNP program is fully online and does not meet F-1/J-1 student visa requirements. Students in other visa categories should check regulations for their specific visa type before applying. for gudiance.

3. Academic Credentials/Transcripts

All UIC graduate and professional applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended directly to NursingCAS. For guidance on how to do this, visit Sending Your Official Transcripts and Test Scores to NursingCAS.

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Upload your most recent resume or CV that details educational background, work experience, honors/awards/activities directly to the NursingCAS application.

5. Application Essay

Within the NursingCAS application, you’ll be prompted to answer the following essay questions. We recommend that you draft your responses to the questions before beginning your application.

  • Describe your reasons for pursuing the DNP and your short-term and long-term goals.
  • How will a DNP assist you in attaining your career and educational goals? Why did you select UIC?
  • Describe your experience with evidence-based practice.
  • Please comment on your clinical practice experiences and how they have informed your choice of specialty. (Not required for applicants to the post-master’s program with no new specialty.)
  • The mission of the UIC College of Nursing is to transform health, healthcare and policy through knowledge generation and translation, as well as through education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our vision is to be a preeminent leader in advancing global health and nursing. Please comment on how you can contribute to the UIC mission and vision as a student and future alumnus.
  • What do you see as the major challenges that you will need to overcome (i.e., financial constraints, family responsibilities, analytical or statistical skills) in pursuing a DNP? What are your plans for addressing these challenges?
  • What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity and how would you develop and apply your commitment to diversity at UIC?

6. Three Letters of Recommendation

Enter the names and email address for three recommenders to your NursingCAS application. Each recommender will then receive an email with a link to log in to the NursingCAS Recommender Portal and submit a recommendation form. Please inform each recommender that the recommendation form is required; the system does not allow the option of uploading a separate letter.

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Not within application, but important to know before applying.

All applicants with completed and qualified applications will be contacted by the UIC College of Nursing for an application interview. The interview is a required part of the application process.

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