Master of Science in Nursing Requirements

For students seeking an MSN

To enter the program applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants with a bachelor of science in nursing:

  • Graduate of a baccalaureate degree program in nursing at an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.

Applicants without a bachelor of science in nursing:

  • Graduate of 1) a non-nursing baccalaureate degree program at an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale, and 2) an associate degree or diploma in nursing program at an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a graduate from a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale in the nursing program.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a completed graduate application.
  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting university or college, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit verification of a current, unencumbered RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Applicants holding the equivalent of RN licensure of certification outside of the U.S. must submit a Credential Evaluation Services (CES) Academic Report from the Council on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
  • Provide all licensure, certification, malpractice insurance and health requirements requested.
  • Provide evidence of a satisfactory background check in compliance with applicable sections of the Ohio Revised Code Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) or the applicable state where clinicals will be held. 
  • Complete the MSN essay, which serves as a writing sample and communicates how the goals for graduate study relate to future career goals.
  • Submit a resume, including educational background and professional work experience.
  • Present two (2) supporting letters of recommendation that will attest to the applicant’s ability as a manager/educator and probable success as a graduate student.

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