Online Doctorate in Nursing
Build your expertise in health care, strengthen leadership skills and become a clinical expert with the ability to improve the quality-of-care patients receive with an online Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). UMass Lowell is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Schools for a Doctor of Nursing Practice, with courses led by distinguished nursing faculty who have real-world industry experience.
The DNP is designed for those with a Master of Science in Nursing. This post-master's degree can be completed in two years when pursued full-time or within three years for part-time students. While courses are delivered online, the program features five two-day on-campus intensives that offer valuable networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities. You may pursue eligibility for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), which covers 85% of tuition and fees.
- 11 Courses / 33 Credits
CSCE Graduate Restrictions
NURS.7070 Epidemiology of Health Promotion, and Must be a matriculating student in DNP program or needs permission of instructor.
Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.
NURS 7700 Evidence Appraisal, NURS 7720 Scholarly Project Implementation, NURS 7740 Scholarly Project Design.
Pre-Req: NURS.7700 Evidence-Based Practice.
Graduate level or permission
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell doctorate degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
Tuition & Fees
At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.
Tuition for all undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition for all online graduate courses is also the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
Spring 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Graduate Online Education Courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.****||$495||$1,485|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
- 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.
- No GRE required.
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation (one academic recommendation preferred)
- Official transcripts
- TOEFL if appropriate
Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Each application is processed — and each applicant notified — as soon as all admissions materials have been received and reviewed. For additional details, please visit https://www.uml.edu/grad/.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!