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Admission Requirements:

  • BSN from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission.
  • Clean FBI/BCI background checks
  • Written professional goals statement in APA sixth edition style
  • Three letters of reference; at least one must be an RN/APRN and at least one must be at the master's or doctoral level of preparation
  • Two years professional experience working as an RN in the last five years
  • MSN students must be a resident of one of the following states and hold a valid, unrestricted RN license in the state of residence:
    • Ohio
    • Kentucky
    • West Virginia
    • Michigan
    • Indiana
    • California
  • An admission interview with faculty is required

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Master of Science in Nursing program applicants should meet the following criteria and submit the materials below.

Application Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered nurse (RN) with a currently active U.S. RN license.
  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the BSN or equivalent bachelor’s degree program of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission.
  • If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.2 on a 4.00 scale, the applicant must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Have documented completion of introductory coursework in management, statistics, and research.

Application Materials

Your application must include:

  • A transcript from each institution you have attended, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. If you have taken classes at Ohio University, you need to request a transcript for that work.
  • A resume detailing your professional experience.
  • A statement of purpose outlining your educational background, interest and goals, and ways you think this degree can foster and help you implement your plans.
  • Three letters of recommendation.


The Graduate College manages the application process. Go to ohio.edu/graduate/apply to begin your application. The specializations are identified in the following way on the application:

  • MS1213 – Nurse Educator
  • MS1214 – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MS1219 - Nurse Educator/FNP Dual

Applicant Interview

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. As part of the application process, you will be required to complete a brief interview with the admission committee using Adobe Connect. The interview helps the committee determine whether you will be a good fit for the program. This also is an opportunity for you to see if the program meets your expectations and career goals.


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