College of Nursing

Graduate Admission Requirements

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Welcome to the Graduate Department of the College of Nursing!

Comprised of a community of nurses with varying backgrounds and experiences, Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing Graduate Department offers students a unique opportunity to advance in the nursing profession by expanding their nursing knowledge. Achieving your master’s degree from the College of Nursing provides students with the foundation and education to excel as advanced practice nurses, as doctoral prepared nurses, or as new nurses just entering the profession but still achieving their M.S.N.

The College of Nursing Graduate Department currently offers a variety of 100% online nurse practitioner programs and an online D.N.P. program, as well as an on-campus Ph.D. Each of these programs allows nurses to contribute to the profession on a new level.

I invite prospective and current students to explore our website which includes information related to admissions requirements, curriculum requirements, and program outcomes. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!

Gabby Zengewald, M.A.
Director of Graduate Admissions and Compliance
Seton Hall University College of Nursing

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Who should apply?
Our nurse practitioner programs are for nurses with 1-2 years of professional nursing experience depending on the specialty track they are interested in. These individuals should have a B.S.N. from an accredited college or university and be looking to advance their nursing careers. Our D.N.P. program is for anyone with a M.S.N. or B.S.N. who is interested in expanding their nursing knowledge through scholarship and clinical practice. Those with a B.S.N. would also need to meet the requirements of their chosen specialty. Lastly, our Ph.D. in Nursing is for master’s prepared nurses who have a passion for contributing to the nursing profession through research and individual scholarship.

We offer a holistic admissions process in which we review each individual applicant along with all of their materials. If you have any questions about your applications materials or the review process, please feel free to reach out to Gabby Zengewald, Director of Graduate Admissions, at any time.

Application deadlines
All programs review on a rolling basis with the exception of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.
Deadlines for all nurse practitioner programs and the D.N.P. program for the Fall semester are August 1 and for the Spring semester are December 1. For the Ph.D. program, deadline is August 1 for the fall, no spring enrollment.

Criteria for Admission (NP programs):

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from an N.L.N.A.C., A.C.E.N., or C.C.N.E. accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (3.2 or above for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, plus a "B" average in all nursing courses); 
  • Statement of professional goals; 
  • Registered professional nurse licensure in U.S. state of practice and in New Jersey if clinical performed in New Jersey; 
  • Professional liability insurance; 
  • Letters of reference (one professional, one academic; 2 professional letters may be used if applicant is out of school over 5 years); 
  • TOEFL scores (minimum scores of 22 in reading, 22 in listening, 26 in speaking, and 24 in writing) and WES reports for all nurses educated outside of the United States and/or educated in a language other than English; 
  • A $75 application fee;
  • Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work – transcripts will be reviewed to determine if prerequisite courses have been met, additional courses may be required; and
  • 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). 

Nurse practitioner track applicants must have a minimum of at least one year of nursing experience (two years-experience for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students), prior to applying to the program.

Academic Prerequisites (NP programs)
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 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.

Test Waiver criteria
The only program that requires applicants to take the GRE is the Ph.D. in Nursing program. This requirement cannot be waived. Any applicant whose first language is not English or who whose degree is from a non-English speaking international institution is required to complete the TOEFL exam. This requirement can be waived if a degree has been received from an accredited United States institution or the individual's international education was completed in English.

Application review
Completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Department Admissions Committee. Applications that meet the minimum criteria for admission will be invited to interview. Once the interview has been conducted a formal admissions decision will be rendered. Under no circumstances will an incomplete application be reviewed.