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Master's Nursing Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines
Nurse Practitioner - Feb. 15, Sept. 15
MSN Education, Administration, MSN/MBA - March 15, Oct. 15

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of the university, students applying for admission to the MSN program are expected to fulfill the following requirements by the stated College of Nursing deadlines.

Meet These Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory references from three professional and/or academic colleagues.
  • Hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited college; RN-MSN applicants must hold either an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing.
  • Complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • The GRE is waived for applicants with a grade point average of 3.2 or above for the 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work. The GRE requirement will remain on your to-do list until your advisor calculates your GPA. All others including RN-MSN applicants are required to take the GRE, no minimum score required for consideration.
  • Show proof of current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) where clinical practicum will occur.

Entrance Exam Information

MSN/MBA students must achieve a minimum score of 500 or more on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a satisfactory grade-point average overall on prior advanced level (junior, senior and graduate) work taken. These two indicators of graduate potential -- GMAT score and grade-point average -- will be used to calculate an index number.

Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree as listed in the university catalog.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language. If a student's verbal score on the admission examination is below an acceptable minimum, the student must pass an English proficiency test during the first semester in the program.

A foreign student must score a minimum of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT and have a minimum raw score of 20 on each of the four sections of the examination.

Only the TOEFL examination given by the Educational Testing Service is acceptable.

Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following:

  • The applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.
  • Socioeconomic background.
  • The involvement and level or responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service.
  • First generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program.
  • Family responsibility or raising children.
  • Multilingual proficiency.
  • Geographic region of residence.

Levels of Admissions:

  • Full Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met all admission requirements.
  • Conditional Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met some but not all of the requirements listed above may be accepted into the graduate program on a conditional basis following review by the Graduate Studies Committee. After the successful completion of designated coursework from the student's degree plan, full acceptance status will be granted.