DNP Program: With Non-Nursing Master's Degree


Hi Everyone,

I'm currently completing my BSN Degree (and already have a prior B.S. and a Master's Degree). I've been looking at various DNP and PhD Programs and was wondering, if you knew of any that are more flexible with transfer credits for someone with a prior master's degree? I know not all DNP and PhD programs require a MSN for admission. Any suggestions would be terrific :)

Thanks so much!



Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine. Has 12 years experience. 174 Posts

I think it may depend on what your Master's is in. One of my cohort in my DNP program had a BSN and an MBA, no MSN. Best bet is to ask the programs you may be interested in.

Riburn3, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 15 years experience. 3 Articles; 551 Posts

I know for a fact Texas Tech offers their executive DNP and their website specifically states you can have your masters in another field, but it is subject to their approval.



3 Posts

I had a student in my DNP cohort with a MPH at St. Kate's in St. Paul, MN.


Travelingon, BSN

Has 19 years experience. 5 Posts

Did you pursue your DNP? I am in exact same situation as you were in and interested to see what you chose. Thanks!