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Admissions Requirements

Application to the MSN program is open to nurses who entered the profession with a post-professional master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.

To be considered for admission, a candidate must submit:

  • Application for Admission form
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. An official transcript is one sent directly to the Student Services office by the Registrar of the issuing institution or one forwarded in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Evidence of an unrestricted/unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the state of residence
  • Professional resume or curriculum vita; an equivalent of one full-time year of experience as a registered nurse is required prior to the first practicum in term 5
  • Essay of approximately 500 words describing your short- and long-term career goals and how you plan to achieve them
  • Two professional references; one should be from a nurse educator familiar with your ability to do academic work and one should be from an immediate supervisor (e.g., nurse manager), preceptor, or mentor familiar with your clinical skills

If you completed your education in a foreign country, please submit an original copy of a degree credentialing evaluation from an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  The evaluation must indicate previous education at the minimum level of a baccalaureate degree earned at an accredited college or university in the United States.

International Students Applying for Admission
Foreign-trained candidates who do not require a student visa to participate in University courses and/or degrees can be considered for admission.  All instruction in the MSN program is conducted in English.  To be considered, a candidate must submit:

  • Transcripts (original and a translated version, if applicable) and a credentialing evaluation from an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provide evidence of training at a level equivalent to that of a bachelor’s degree in the United States.
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report if their education was completed in a language other than English or they reside in a non-English speaking country. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based testing), 210 (computer-based testing) or 83 (IBT – Internet based testing) is required.
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