Admission Requirements and How to Apply

We recommend you start early in order to complete the four major steps to apply to the Ball State doctorate of nursing practice program:

  1. Meet the doctoral admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School. Exception: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  2. Apply online to the Graduate School.
  3. Meet the admission requirements  of the School of Nursing.
  4. Complete and submit your DNP application online and mail other required materials
    to the School of Nursing.

Cohorts in the DNP program start in January (the spring semester) each year. The application deadline for the next cohort is September 15, 2016. Please keep in mind that it can take several weeks for college transcripts and other requested materials to arrive at Ball State.

Students from States Other than Indiana
If you live in a state other than Indiana, please review this information regarding state regulatory authorizations which might impact whether you can take courses from Ball State.

International Students
If you are an international student, you need to start the admissions process with the Rinker Center for International Programs. You will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency and have a minimum TOEFL score of 550.