DNP Admissions

The Nursing Department is proud to offer our graduate nursing students with several internal scholarship opportunities. For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact Dara Whalen at

Application Requirements

  1. Apply via Temple University’s Supplemental Application. Applicants must submit the documents no later than the deadline date. Send your documents to
    • CPH Department of Nursing Academic Coordinator
      Jones Hall, Room 3307 N. Broad St.
      Philadelphia, PA 19140
  2. GRE/MAT scores are required for those who enter post-BSN. Scores are expected to be at or above the 50th percentile. To qualify for a waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement, the applicant must have either an  undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in three graduate core courses if the BSN GPA is less than or equal to 3.49, or graduate degree.
  3. College level transcripts: Submit transcripts for all the accredited universities you have attended.
  4. References: Submit two professional or academic reference letters with original signatures on professional letterhead. Guidelines for these letters are included below.
  5. Résumé: Submit a current copy with your application.
  6. Statement of Goals: Include a 500- to 1,000-word statement of purpose (found in the online application) articulating your background, academic and professional goals, and how your interests relate to the PhD program.
  7. Interview: Once all materials have been submitted by the applicant and reviewed by the academic coordinator, an interview conducted by the graduate nursing faculty.

Additional Requirements for International Students

TOEFL score: A minimum score of 100 iBT or 600 PBT is needed. Learn more about international graduate applicant requirements.

Letters of Recommendation

As a part of the application components, DNP applicants must provide two professional letters of recommendation.

Temple is most interested in the writer’s assessment of the student’s ability to work independently, academic and scholarly performance, analytical thinking and aptitude for advanced study, commitment to urban health, communication skills, and professional contributions. Writers should indicate how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity.

The letters must also

  • be typewritten on official letterhead,
  • contain original signatures,
  • be roughly one page in length and
  • be mailed directly from the writer to
    • Temple University
      DNP Nursing Admissions Committee
      Jones Hall, Room 505
      3307 N. Broad St.
      ​Philadelphia, PA 19140.

If you have any other questions, email

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Feb. 15
  • Spring: Oct. 15

Additional Admissions Information

Process for Enrolling as a Non-Degree Seeking DNP Student

If an applicant is interested in starting the program as a non-degree seeking student, they must contact the academic coordinator at They also must submit official copies of all college-level work and a copy of their RN license.

In addition to the above, applicants to the Post-MSN DNP program must submit their current State Board of Nursing license as an advanced practice nurse and current national certification as an advanced practice registered nurse, including certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners.