Admissions Requirements

Applications for the Master of Science in Nursing program are accepted year-round. Applicants will be reviewed for admission on the strength of their ability to successfully complete graduate studies, and based upon the criteria listed below.

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • University of Cincinnati graduate school online application.
  • College of Nursing Pre-Registration Packet.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)
  • Current RN license.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Personal goal statement.
  • Professional resume.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • For Nurse-Midwifery: One year experience in maternal/child nursing (preferably in labor and delivery) including gynecology, pediatrics, NICU, newborn nursery and postpartum.
  • For Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist: one year or more of work experience in nursing is preferred, but not required.

Sorry, but due to clinical regulations, only applicants with access to facilities in the 50 United States or U.S. military bases will be considered for admission.

Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning MSN program from students residing in the following states: Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York (effective as of June 25, 2012), Louisiana (Nurse-Midwifery distance learning program only, effective as of October 17, 2012), Oregon (effective as of December 18, 2012), Tennessee, and District of Columbia (effective as of May 9, 2013).

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  • Meredith said:

    If I took Math 146 Statistics at UC is that all that is required for the statistics standpoint? Or do I need the series of them like Math 147 an etc? Thanks

    • Hi Meredith, that statistic’s course would be sufficient to meet the eligibility requirement to apply. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Nancy said:

    Hello,
    I recently completed my BSN. I would like to know how long will take me to complete the ANP online, and when the program starts? Where are the clinical ?
    Thank you

    • Hi Nancy, the ANP program can be completed in as few as 2 years. Please click here to view the academic calendar. Clinicals are completed in the area in which you live in, so you never have to come to campus because there are no residency requirements. You are responsible for finding your own preceptor. If you have any additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764

  • Stella said:

    I am interested in the midwifery MSN program but do not have ob/ped/Nicu experience. I am an RN, BSN. It is possible to do the midwife MSN program.

    • Hi Stella. For our MSN in Nurse Midwifery, we do require at least 1 year of experience in labor & delivery, mother/baby, pediatrics, post-partum, or neonatal intensive care unit. For additional details, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

  • michael said:

    Hi I’m currently RN and I have bachelors in Science , would you guys consider someone who have a lot of experience and a 40 years experience as a physician in Egypt and the middle east?

    • Hi Michael. A BSN from an institution accredited by the CCNE or the NLNAC is required for admissions. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Jodi said:

    I will have my BSN Jan 2014 and hope to apply to the FNP program Fall 2014, with the new recommendations for DNP will you still be offering the online masters program in 2014?

    • Hi Jodi. For more information about the new recommendations regarding DNP, please contact your state board of nursing. We are continuing to provide our MSN programs online. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Sarah Downen said:

    Is the GRE required for masters program entry?

    • Hi Sarah, thank you for your inquiry. The GRE is not required for admission. An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer additional questions, and walk you through the process at 866-225-6764.

  • Lindsey J said:

    I am a pediatric ER nurse. Could I be considered for the midwifery program?

    • Lindsey, thank you for your inquiry. The nurse-midwifery program requires the following experience: One year experience in maternal/child nursing (preferably in labor and delivery) including gynecology, pediatrics, NICU, newborn nursery and postpartum. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor to discuss your experience at 866-225-6764.

  • Audra said:

    What is the minimum GPA for acceptance for the MSN- FNP program?

    • Hi Audra, the MSN program requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.) Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Deborah Myers said:

    I have my MSN in Nursing Education and would like to continue my education. Would like to know about post MSN Nurse Practitioner Program for either Psych or Women’s health . Is this available at this university?

    • Hi Deborah, thank you for your inquiry. We currently offer an MSN Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner option. Please click here for more details. For additional questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at (866) 225-6764.

  • Barb said:

    What address should I have the reccomendations letters sent for Distance Learning Off Site?

    • Hi Barb,
      Thanks for your inquiry. Your letters of recommendation will be submitted through the online graduate application portal. Please click here to view detailed application instructions. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor with questions at 866-225-6764.

  • Ashley Thompson said:

    When are the deadlines for applications for the FNP program?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Ashley, please click here to view the academic calendar. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor with any questions at 866-225-6764.

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