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How to Apply to the Nurse Practitioner Master's Programs

How to apply to the Nurse Practitioner programs at the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants who:

  • clearly understand the nurse practitioner specialty role to which they are seeking admission,
  • are highly motivated and prepared to pursue the rigorous program of study
  • demonstrate intellectual curiosity
  • and are committed to upholding the values of the school and advanced practice role.

Application Deadlines

Apply to a Nurse Practitioner master's degree program three times a year. All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the deadline.

Application Dates & Deadlines
Entry Semester Application Opens Application Deadline
Spring May 1 Sept. 15
Summer Oct. 1 Jan. 15
Fall Feb. 1 April 15


Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Nurse Practitioner programs:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school or equivalent master’s RN license-qualifying degree in nursing (e.g., direct master’s entry [DME])
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from your most recent relevant degree
  • RN licensure from New York State
  • Clinical experience if applying to one of the following specialties:
    • Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: one year RN experience in acute care
    • Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: two years NICU experience in the last five years
  • Statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • English language proficiency

Application Requirements

To complete an application for the Nurse Practitioner program, create an account and complete all sections of the application. Submit the following materials by uploading to your application before the deadline:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • Current RN license
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DET scores for applicants who are non-native English speakers

As part of the application, you must also answer five short answer questions each with a 200-word limit, as well as a 500-word essay. Learn more about how to complete the application and upload these materials.

Application Review Process

Once you complete your application, you may receive a follow-up email to schedule an interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application!


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Interested in the Nurse Practitioner programs? Learn more about how to pursue a nurse practitioner degree by requesting more information or speaking with an Admissions Counselor.

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