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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.  Selections are made according to the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all baccalaureate work
  • Prior to admission to the Graduate Program, U.S. citizen applicants must hold Registered Nurse License in one of the fifty states if research or clinical practicum includes contact with patients. Foreign citizens not legally licensed to practice nursing in the US shall provide evidence that they (1) have the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in nursing and (2) are eligible to practice nursing in their country of residence. Prior to enrollment in clinical courses and to conduct research the student must hold Registered Nurse Licensure in the particular state(s) in which he or she will be participating in clinical practice and research activities
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the dean, administrator, or faculty member of the college from which the student was graduated and two from nursing employers
  • Personal interview with a graduate faculty member in the area of concentration to which the student has applied
  • Personal statement including a description of the applicant’s goals relative to his/her professional career

Online Application

Applicants complete an online application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) at: 
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

The MSN/PMC specialty tracks below admit students once annually

MSN/PMC Specialty Application Opens Application Due Program Start
Adult-Gerontological NP/CNS 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
Women's 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 October 15 February 1 August
Nurse Leader/Executive April 1 August 1 January

(NP = Nurse Practitioner    CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist)

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