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Johns Hopkins University

School of Nursing

Baltimore , MD


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Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Founded in 1889, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses offered a program that became the national model for nursing education. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing was officially established as a school of the university in 1984. The school is located on the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus, home to the School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. It is one of the few campuses in the world where highly ranked schools of nursing, medicine, and public health are adjacent to one another and within steps of a top-ranked hospital.

There are approximately 1,000 students, allowing for a low student to faculty member ratio, and the school offers several options for pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.

A Highly-Ranked Nursing School

Recognized as a leader by its peers, the School of Nursing was ranked No. 1 in the nation overall for Graduate Programs in the 2017 edition of "US News & World Report"--determined through input from deans, directors, and senior faculty members from nursing schools nationwide and factors like enrollment, financial aid, funding, and more. In specialties, the school ranks #2 in Nurse Practitioner Practice and ranked #2 internationally by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Worldwide University Rankings.

The School of Nursing was ranked #1 Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the US by "Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees," and is first in the nation among nursing schools for National Institutes of Health funding and federal research grants.

A Variety of Ways to Earn Your Nursing Degree

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Entry into Nursing program is for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline and want to pursue a nursing career. The full-time graduate program emphasizes leadership, global impact, quality and safety, and evidence-based interprofessional education. The program is five semesters with fall and spring entries, and graduates will be prepared to take the nurse licensure exam (NCLEX) to become an RN. Post-graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce or continue their studies toward an advanced practice nursing specialty or doctoral degree.

The school's master's specialty tracks prepare students for management or public health nursing. Options include Health Systems Management or Public Health Nursing. The Health Systems Management program has online and onsite options. Full and part-time study options are available.

Additional online programs include Prerequisite coursework and Post-Degree Certificates in nurse education and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner study.

The doctoral programs--Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy--prepare clinical and research leaders to advance the practice of nursing and improve health locally and globally. There are two pathways to earning a Doctor of Nursing (DNP).

The Executive DNP pathway at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a two-year program for nurses who have a master of science in nursing in a specialty area and are actively practicing in a health care setting.

A new pathway, Advanced Practice DNP, is for nurses who have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or an entry-level nursing masters degree and want to prepare for the doctoral level role of nurse practitioner (NP) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

PhD students complete a core curriculum, an individualized course of study, and develop the basis for a program of research that culminates in a dissertation. Graduates are prepared to develop and conduct scientific research that advances the theoretical foundation of nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing established the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in 1991. The program, the first of its kind established in a school of nursing, was ranked No. 4 on the Peace Corps' 2014 list of top Coverdell Fellows programs and No. 1 among nursing schools. Volunteers who have completed their work with the Peace Corps and wish to pursue nursing degrees receive financial aid or scholarships in exchange for their participation in community outreach health programs. Depending on the outreach program, students may receive stipends for their work.

Along with their outreach service, program members must take community outreach courses which focus on underserved communities in East Baltimore. Students in this program may also take advantage of special mentoring opportunities, leadership development activities, and Peace Corps Domestic programs.

Life in Baltimore

In many ways, Baltimore is the heart of American healthcare education and opportunity. Home to the world-class Johns Hopkins institutions, the city is the site of two rapidly developing biotechnology centers and several nationally ranked hospitals. Federal agencies and international health organizations are just an hour away in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia and New York are readily accessible.

Baltimore itself offers cultural and entertainment opportunities for students, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and Baltimore Orioles baseball.

Students also have easy access to the museums and attractions of the nation's capital, as well as internship and employment opportunities with many federal health agencies.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy (DNP/PhD)
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (MSN/MPH)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 242
Doctoral Degrees 38
Other Advanced Degrees 32

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE or GMAT for DNP/MBA
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Preliminary oral exam and final oral exam


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
Spring deadline July 1st July 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE or GMAT for MSN/MBA, GRE for MSN/MPH
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, goal statement/essay, resume, letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, BS and RN license (for advanced practice tracks), work experience for some tracks
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE or GMAT for DNP/MBA
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, goal statement/essay, resume, letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; BSN and RN license (for DNP); writing sample (for PhD), work experience for some tracks
Additional Entrance Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, goal statement/essay, resume, letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, MSN, RN license, NP license for some tracks, work experience for some tracks

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 9.03%
Black or African American 12.8%
White or Caucasian 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 12.8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.13%
Two or more races 3.91%
Unknown 1.48%


Male (9%)
Female (90%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 73
Part-time - 7
Male (8)
Female (72)


Focus of faculty research: Cardiovascular disease, symptom management, palliative care, violence, health disparities
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 525 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD  21205
United States
Contact Dr. Patricia M. Davidson
Phone: 410-955-7544
Fax: 410-955-4890