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 or practicums.
- 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.
*An RN Option, Early Admission to MSN, is available.
Information for GRE Preparation
Prospective students may find this information helpful when preparing for the GRE, courtesy of ETS:
- The GRE® General Test user interface, also known as the "look and feel," was updated in July. The test structure, content and question types did not change. Introduced in May, POWERPREP™ Online reflects the updated look and is available FREE to test takers from their ETS Account to help them prepare for the test.
- GRE Subject Tests scoring method changes: Beginning with tests administered in September 2017 and similar to the GRE General Test, test takers' scores on the GRE Subject Tests will now be based on the number of questions answered correctly. Nothing is subtracted from a score if a question is answered incorrectly. It is better to guess at an answer than to not respond at all