So I imagine a few folks will be in this position, but at the moment, I have been accepted to Columbia's DNP program and have interviewed for Yale's MSN. If I get into Yale as well, I will have a tough (but admittedly desirable) choice on my hands. I was hoping to get anyone's take on this decision who either has experience with these schools, has applied to both, or has significant experience in the field (and can talk about the merits of the DNP vs. the MSN).
Pros Columbia (for me):
DNP as opposed to an MSN.
I think the DNP has some extra content in the curriculum (policy, bioethics, etc. that would be useful).
Classes during the DNP summers.
Actually seems somewhat more financially manageable than Columbia.
MSN summers are free.
MSN vs. DNP.
Perhaps less linked into major job markets compared to Columbia's vantage point in NYC?
Everyone knows they are both great schools.
I don't know how to feel about locations. A younger me would have been fascinated by the idea of a 3 year stay in NYC. At 33, in a pandemic, and past my party days (not that I will have time anyways) however its 50-50. I've studied at Yale before, love it there, and know New Haven well.
Anyways, fire away. If I'm being honest, if Yale's program was a DNP I think my answer would be a lot easier, so if anyone can speak to the distinction between degrees at its importance it would be appreciated!