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Graduate Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to a graduate program, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate and/or master's degree program in nursing;
  • Documentation of professional nursing licensure within the United States;
  • Professional liability insurance;
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, plus a "B" average in all nursing courses;
  • Satisfactory Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants whose native language is not English. (minimum score of 22-reading, 22-listening, 26-speaking and 24-writing). Applicants with a degree from a U.S accredited college or university are exempt.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and schools attended. Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must also be evaluated, course-by course, by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO);
  • Two reference letters from master's prepared nurses; one professional from a supervisor and one academic. Two professional letters may be accepted for students out of school for an extended time.
  • Personal statement outlining career goals and objectives;
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • a $75 application fee.

Separate applications to both the College of Nursing and the Stillman School of Business are required for the M.S.N/M.B.A. dual degree program. (The nursing component must be completed prior to the M.B.A.)

Selected students will be invited for a personal interview. Prior to enrollment in clinical courses, accepted students must complete Joint Commission and OSHA requirements for immunization, medical history, liability insurance, criminal background check and competencies including the American Heart Association Certification course for CPR (BLS for Healthcare Professionals).

It is recommended that nurse practitioner track applicants have a minimum of at least one year of nursing experience, prior to enrolling in practicum courses.

Graduate Pre-Requisite Requirements
The following areas of undergraduate study must be completed prior to the first graduate course in nursing and are not credited toward the graduate degree: Statistics, Nursing Research (if undergraduate program was completed prior to 1982) and an Undergraduate Physical Assessment course. Nurse practitioner students must complete a basic physical assessment refresher course no more than three years prior to enrolling in Practicum I.

Graduate Degree Requirements
For the Master of Science degree, satisfactory completion of 30-48 credits in the following areas is required:

  • Theoretical Basis of Nursing (3 credits)
  • Forces in Health Care (3 credits)
  • Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • Didactic Nursing Courses (6-14 credits)
  • Clinical Nursing Courses (6-17 credits)
  • Support Courses (6-14 credits)
  • Electives (3-6 credits)

Total: 30-48 credits

Nine to 12 credits per semester constitute a full-time load. Students enrolled with 6 credits of which at least 3 credits are clinical are considered full-time equivalent students. Students typically take 5-8 semesters to complete the MSN degree, depending upon the program. Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the requirements. If the program is not completed in six years, students must apply for an extension. Students' programs will be revised, as necessary, to meet current degree requirements.

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