MSN Application/Admission

Admission Criteria*

Applications to the Master Program in nursing are reviewed by the faculty in the applicant's Major/Area of Concentration. Applicants must meet the criteria listed below. 

Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Applicants must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN (NLN), ACICS, or CCNE accredited program.
  • A current license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States.  All students must obtain a Pennsylvania license prior to beginning clinical courses.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate degree.
  • Relevant clinical experience (specified by the Major/Area of Concentration).
  • A pre-admission interview. If the applicant resides at a great distance, a telephone interview may be conducted.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE may be waived if the GPA is 3.5 or higher.
  • Pre-requisite statistics course within the last 10 years with a grade of B- or better.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for master's study from each of the following (these can be uploaded into the online application): The director or a faculty member from the most recent academic program attended (if applicant has been a nursing student in the last 5 years); a recent employer; and a person who can speak to the applicant's professional work.
  • A typed essay (500-word minimum) stating your philosophy of nursing; reasons for wanting to study in a particular area of concentration; what you expect from the master’s program; and your future career goals.

Degree Program Application Deadlines

Application for Admission

*An RN Option, Early Admission to MSN, is available.


Tuition and Fees
 Beginning Fall 2017, out-of-state tuition rates for online cohorts will match the in-state rate.