Prospective Students

Applying to the Graduate Program

The Rutgers School of Nursing offers a variety of graduate nursing programs that address a wide range of educational needs.  For RNs who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, the Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree is an available choice. 

As a Post-Baccalaureate to DNP student you could focus on Nursing Leadership, or one of the Nurse Practitioner specialty tracks including Adult/Aged, Family, Pediatrics, Acute Care, Psychiatric/Mental Health and Women’s Health.  Rutgers School of Nursing also offers a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specially designed for nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing.

As a leading research university, Rutgers is proud to offer a PhD in Nursing for nurses interested in advancing nursing science and practice through research.  Importantly, all degree programs are offered on either a part-time or full-time basis, and, as a State University, our tuition is affordable.  So, whatever your educational goals, Rutgers has a program for you!

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Master degree specialties are some of the most progressive nursing leaderships programs in the United States

Post-Master's Certificates

Designed for RNs who hold a MSN degree and wish to pursue another specialty area

School Nurse Certificate

A post-baccalaureate certificate program for registered nurses with a BA, BS or BSN and/or as a minor for RNs pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post baccalaureate DNP offerings prepare graduates to practice, design and implement programs that improve health and health care delivery, apply data management and informatics skills to evaluate outcomes, and influence policy.

HIV Care Specialization

HIV Care Specialization available in most Clinical Graduate Programs

Post Master’s DNP Program

Prepares clinical leaders and advanced practice clinicians to deliver expert, evidence-based nursing care across diverse settings and systems. Options available in Leadership or Practice

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD in Nursing

Nurse scientists and researchers are urgently needed to inform best practices, explore perplexing patient problems, test strategies to increase patient safety and care quality, lead interdisciplinary teams to improve the health care system, and to, overall, add to the profession's valuable body of knowledge.


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