To be accepted for admission into the program, a student must present the following:
- Evidence of successful academic achievement in completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program or the MSN Bridge program for those R.N.s with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate coursework must include an introductory statistics course (including inferential and descriptive) and an undergraduate nursing research course. Students who have earned a GPA of 3.2 or higher in their undergraduate program may be formally accepted into the Master of Science program upon receipt of all required documents for admission and a review by the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Progressions committee.
- Students with an undergraduate BSN GPA of less than 3.2 are required to present test scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), MAT (Miller Analogies Test) or GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test), to be considered for admission into the program. Students should aim for a score above the 50th percentile for the verbal and quantitative sections. Please submit the GRE, MAT or GMAT scores with your application.
- Part of the application process includes an interview. Interviews with selected candidates are scheduled following committee review of the completed application.
- Current verified R.N. licensure in the United States.
- One year of relevant clinical experience as a registered nurse.
- Completed online Application for Admission which includes:
- Personal statement articulating professional values, future educational goals, and the reason for your track selection
- Name and contact information for two recommenders (either supervisors or professors)
- Employment history or professional resume
Please note that the completed application needs to be submitted for consideration.
The application deadline dates are:
- Fall Semester start – 8/1
- Spring Semester start – 12/1
- Summer Semester start – 4/1
The Graduate Admissions Committee meets at scheduled intervals during the year.
Students desiring to audit courses or take a course as a non-degree student must apply for admission in the same manner as MSN candidates.
All students are assigned a track faculty coordinator upon formal acceptance to the graduate program. The faculty coordinators are available by appointment for student advisement concerning course selection any time during the academic year and especially during the pre-registration period. Students may also contact the Graduate Nursing Program Director for advisement.