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Admission Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Current RN licensure in the United States/US Territory or the equivalent for international licensure.
  • Good standing with the licensing body.
  • Current employment as a registered nurse (RN) or experience.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite undergraduate courses: Nursing Research (or equivalent) and Statistics (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of "C".
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all nursing courses completed

Applicants with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Nursing

  • Nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Current RN licensure in the United States/US Territory or the equivalent for international licensure.
  • Good standing with the licensing body.
  • Current employment as a registered nurse (RN) and evidence of 2000 hours of registered nurse work experience prior to starting the MSN course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all nursing courses completed
  • The applicant with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must successfully complete or transfer the following prerequisites and baccalaureate nursing content before being fully admitted to the MSN Leadership and Education program
  • Students with an associate degree other than an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science will not be eligible to enroll in the MSN: Leadership and Education area of study

Required prerequisites:

  • Statistics  
  • University Writing/Research (or equivalent)
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

Required nursing baccalaureate content for a MSN program:

  • NURS4100. Concepts of Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing 
  • NURS4113. Introduction to Evidence-based Practice/Nursing Research
  • NURS4114. Nursing of Diverse Communities and Populations
 *All applicants with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be admitted provisionally and are required to:
  • Submit a professional reference that addresses their ability and potential to complete a graduate study program.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the first three graduate courses.  If the student does not earn the minimum GPA of 3.0 in all MSN courses, he or she will not be permitted to progress in the MSN program. 
Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the MSN Program Director.