MSN Admission Requirements


Admission to the M.S.N. program is based on intellectual capacity, academic record, professional performance, clarity of goals, initiative, and other qualities appropriate to graduate study in nursing. These qualities are difficult to measure in absolute terms, and the decision to offer admission is based on appraisal of the total application record.

The requirements for admission to the M.S.N. program are as follows:

  • A bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Missouri
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • A minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing
  • Completion of the M.S.N. program application along with the application fee and official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and schools of nursing
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations
  • A curriculum vitae describing scope, responsibility, and function of all work experience
  • A brief essay (500 words or less) clearly describing the applicant's educational and professional objectives for graduate study
  • A personal interview.

Special consideration may be given to graduates of B.S.N. programs without specialty accreditation, to students with extraordinary professional accomplishments, or to students whose academic records show marked improvement in the later years of college or professional studies.