Master of Science in Nursing

  • Admission & Application Requirements

    Deadlines

    Applications are often accepted after the deadlines posted below when space is available. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office if you have questions.

    • Summer: April 15 (priority deadline)
    • Fall: July 1 (priority deadline)
    • Spring: October 15 (priority deadline)
  • Admission Requirements Instructions
    1. Online graduate application
     

    Submit the Graduate Online Application.

    1. $20 Non-Refundable application fee for first-time MSUM applicants
     

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to eServices with your StarID.
    • Click on Bills and Payment, and you will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
     
    1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
     

    Contact ALL the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

    Graduate Studies Office, MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Avenue South
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

    1. BS or BA in Nursing from an ACEN, NLN or CCNE accredited university
     

    This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

    1. Undergraduate total cumulative local GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the institution where the baccalaureate nursing degree was awarded
     

    This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

    1. Nursing Application Form
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • Select “Continue” to access the extended program application and fill in all information. Be sure to “Submit Application” when you have completed all aspects.
     
    1. Documentation of current unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • Select “Summary” to see a list of all program requirements and corresponding statuses.
    • Upload document by selecting the “Upload” link under the respective “Action” column.
     
    1. Essay
     

    Compose an essay of at least 500-800 words, typed and double-spaced, that represents your highest level of academic writing. Provide a description of your professional experiences and background that have contributed to your readiness for graduate education. Specify those experiences that prepared you for your desired specialty track. State your professional goals and indicate your potential to achieve this degree. Put your name on all pages.

    • Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:
      1. Log in to the Graduate Online Application site.
      2. Select the “Check Status”
      3. Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button for the “Essay”
     
    1. Three recommendations from professionals (e.g., supervisor, former faculty member), not a co-worker or peer
     
    • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
    • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
    • If you have not submitted contact information yet, select “Continue” to go into your application and complete program app and recommender information.
    • After clicking “Submit Application” you will need to contact the Graduate Studies Office for any recommender information changes.
    • Your recommenders will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Studies Office asking them to fill out the recommendation form.
    • To check the status of your recommendations later, select “Summary” in the Applications tab.