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Admission Requirements

Following receipt of the completed application from NursingCAS and a complete set of transcripts from all educational institutions attended, designated faculty within each specialty area evaluate, interview, and select applicants and recommend them to the Professional Graduate Nursing Affairs Committee (PGNA) of the College of Nursing for admission. Please know that admission is competitive and capacity is limited. Applicants with strong educational backgrounds are considered first. Acceptance is based on the following criteria.

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts: Students must arrange to have official transcripts of all college work sent directly to NursingCAS.
    Complete transcripts showing:
    • All BSN education — sent directly by your college/university institution(s).
    • U.S. students: BSN degree from a school accredited by CCNE or NLNAC.
    • International students: Equivalent of BSN degree.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) — equivalent for international students.
    • Expected as part of your BSN curriculum:
      1. a nursing research course (nurses with research experience may challenge this provision)
      2. a health assessment course — or equivalent. Fulfillment determined by each MSN specialty track. Not required for Nurse Leader Executive track.
  3. Three letters of reference: For example: from your nursing position manager, faculty member, advanced practice nurse.
  4. Other documents and provisions
    • Personal statement: including goals for your nursing career.
    • U.S. students: prior to admission — RN licensure in one of the 50 states.
    • International students: prior to admission: eligible to practice nursing in your country of residence — and RN licensure in one of the 50 states in the United States. We suggest the same state in which you will fulfill your MSN clinical/research requirements (see next bullet point below.)
    • RN licensure in state(s) where you will satisfy clinical requirements or conduct research, if applicable to your course of study.
  5. An interview: Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with a graduate faculty member(s) in your specialty interest. This is an opportunity to talk about your background, career goals, questions — and whether there is a match between your objectives and our program.

Note: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.

Students Whose First Language is not English

Applicants whose language of nurture is not English must present current (within the last 5 years) scores from instruments that measure listening, structure, reading, writing and oral communication competency in the English Language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are acceptable examinations to demonstrate English language competency.

  1. The minimum scoring standards are as follows:
    1. Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): minimum score of 22 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 26 in the Speaking section.
    2. Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 59 in the Reading, Listening and Writing sections and a minimum score of 71 in the Speaking section.
    3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Band 6.5 in Reading, Listening, and Writing sections and Band 7 in Speaking as minimum scores.
  2. International applicants who originate from a country whose native language is English will be evaluated individually
  3. Any student who presents with a question of English proficiency upon faculty or student service advisor interview must demonstrate English proficiency according to the standards listed above.

Online Application

Applicants complete an online application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) at: http://nursingcas.org 
Supplemental materials will be completed by the applicant and sent directly to the College of Nursing.  

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received by the published deadlines.  Applications and supplemental materials received by the published deadlines will be given full consideration.

Admission Deadlines

These MSN/PMC specialty tracks below admit students once annually

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Adult-Gerontological NP October 15 February 1 August
Family NP October 15 February 1 August
Pediatric NP October 15 February 1 August
Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP October 15 February 1 August

The MSN specialty track below admits students twice annually.

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP October 15 February 1 August
Nurse Leader/Executive and Women's Health NP April 1 August 1 January

(NP = Nurse Practitioner)

Student Classification

Professional Graduate nursing students, those admitted to the MSN, post-MSN certificate, or DNP programs in nursing, are classified as follows:

  1. Non-Degree Status: Non-Degree Status is given to individuals who have met the minimum requirements for admission (completed Non-Degree application and provided official transcripts). These students would need to get permission from the student services coordinator to enroll in any College of Nursing course, and preference is given to nursing students with full admission status.
  2. Probationary Status: Probationary Status may be given when applicants show potential for graduate work and have excellent letters of support, but have not met the requirements for full graduate status. For students with a GPA below 3.0 changing from probationary status to full graduate status may require successful completion of one or more identified courses with a GPA of 3.0 or above in those courses. For new BSN graduates, probationary status may be given pending completion of the RN licensure exam and/or receipt of official transcript showing the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in nursing is conferred.
  3. Full Admission Status: Full Admission Status is given to students who have met the requirements for admission and who have been accepted by the Professional Graduate Nursing Program for work leading to a master's or doctoral (DNP) degree in nursing.

Admission to Master’s Degree Candidacy

Admission to the program does not necessarily imply admission to candidacy for a higher degree. A student may be admitted to candidacy for a Master’s degree on recommendation of the graduate nursing department and approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and upon demonstrating his or her ability to perform satisfactorily in graduate courses. The following criteria for candidacy have been established by the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admissions, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship Committee of the College of Nursing:

  1. Completion of one semester of graduate study or its equivalent
  2. Grade point average of "B" or above
  3. Full graduate standing
  4. Completion of one clinical nursing course
  5. Removal of any deficiencies