Application Process

Application Deadline

We recommend you submit your Nursing CAS application at least six weeks before the application deadline.

February 15 – Application deadline to start in summer or fall semester. Applies to the following programs: AGCNS, FNP, LDR, PCNS, PMHNP, PNP.

September 30 – Application deadline to start in spring semester. Applies to the following programs: AGCNS, FNP, LDR, PCNS, PMHNP, PNP.

The Sinclair School of Nursing is processing DNP applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing.  All recommendations, Kira interview and application materials need to be completed by DEADLINE.

Following is a checklist of items that are required to be uploaded for the application:

  1. Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts. For MU alumni, visit the MU Registrar Office for instructions on how to obtain an unofficial academic record.
  2. Copies of current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s).
  3. Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents for applicants with a master’s degree as applicable.
  4. Completion of the clinical hour verification form for applicants with clinical hours from previous MS and/or certificate programs.
  5. Curriculum Vitae using the official MU Sinclair School of Nursing template
  6. Professional Recommendations: Submission of three (3) professional recommendations supporting the applicant’s potential success in the DNP program.
    1. References should be from master’s or doctorally prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role
    2. Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a current faculty member in that program.
    3. Recommendations from family, friends, fellow staff nurses or minister will not be accepted.
  7. As part of the Nursing Consolidated Application System (NCAS), a written and recorded interview utilizing Kira Talent will be requested of the applicant. There is a minimal fee to complete the Kira Talent interview. The Kira Talent process consists of several written questions and recorded interview quest

International Degree Programs

If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. The degree must be equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or higher degree. Contact with questions regarding degree equivalency.

International Applicants

  1. Satisfactory English language test score within the last 2 years (non-native English speaking applicants only).
  2. International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  3. International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework. In order to obtain a Missouri RN license, the applicant will need to pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) exam and the NCLEX exam. Applicants are encouraged to take the CGFNS exam in their home country. For more information, contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at: or by telephone 573-751-0681.

Upon Admission

The Graduate Studies Application Fee and your MU Sinclair School of Nursing Application Fee is required for all new DNP applicants, both U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The application fee is nonrefundable; it is not applicable to the educational fee, student activities fee, computing fee or student health fee; and it is valid for one academic year (three semesters).
Once you have completed your online application, the fee must be submitted online before your application can be processed.

Questions? Contact Us.

For questions about your application, contact Sinclair School of Nursing student services at 573-882-0277 or 800-437-4339, or email