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The application link is at the bottom of this page. 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.

All required materials must be completed per application instructions. Hard copy or e-mailed documents will NOT be accepted.

All 12 focus areas of the DNP program are offered at all six campuses: ChicagoPeoriaQuad CitiesRockfordSpringfield and Urbana.

Application deadline is January 15.
Candidate interviews take place in February.
Final decisions will be sent to applicants no later than mid-March.

*Please note some deadline exceptions may apply for our active military applicants. If you are active military, please reach out to if you have any questions.

Spring 2024 start term is now available for students interested in the post-master’s DNP program (no specialty option). The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2023.

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All UIC graduate and professional applicants must scan and upload copies of transcripts directly to the application. The transcripts must be registrar issued. Do NOT mail or e-mail transcripts directly to the College of Nursing or to the UIC Admissions Office.

  • You can upload transcripts as a single,  multipage standard PDF, or you may upload each page separately as a JPG, PNG or TIFF image file.
  • Additional credentials will be requested by Office of Admissions staff if submitted documents are insufficient, incorrect or illegible, which will result in an incomplete application status.

Please address any transcript questions directly to the UIC Office of Admissions at (312) 996-7800 or

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or CV must be uploaded directly to the application.

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Campus and Specialty

Applicants will be prompted to select a College of Nursing campus and specialty to which they wish to apply. Applications are reviewed and applicants interviewed based on this selection. Applicants may only apply to one campus and specialty per application term. Please note that if admitted, any changes to campus and or specialty are subject to review and are not guaranteed.

All DNP applicants must select a specialty in the application. 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 our Post-Master’s DNP, No New Specialty option if they are not interested in certification in a new practice area.

Application Essays

Within the 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. Once submitted, you will not be allowed to edit your responses.

  1. Describe your reasons for pursuing the DNP and your short-term and long-term goals.
  2. How will a DNP assist you in attaining your career and educational goals? Why did you select UIC?
  3. Describe your experience with evidence-based practice.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity and how would you develop and apply your commitment to diversity at UIC?

Three Professional/Academic Recommenders

The application will require you to enter the names and e-mail address for three recommenders. Each recommender will then receive an e-mail with a link to the UIC College of Nursing Recommendation form. Please inform each recommender that they must submit the Nursing Recommendation Form; the system does not allow for uploading a separate letter.

College of Nursing Interview

Not within application, but important to know before applying.

All applicants with completed applications will be contacted by the College of Nursing for an application interview. The interview is a required part of the application process. Applicants who do not sign up for an interview will not be considered for admission.

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Please be sure to read any e-mails sent to you by the UIC Office of Admissions.  If there is a problem with any of your documents, UIC Admissions will contact you to ask that you to re-submit the document in question.

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Submit this form and an Enrollment Advisor will contact you to answer your questions.