Admission Requirements:

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from regionally accredited institution.
  • You must submit transcripts from each institution you have attended, even if they have previously been sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If you have previously attended Ohio University as an undergraduate, the Graduate College will request your official OHIO transcript from the Undergraduate College once your application is complete.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 across all college transcripts.
  • A professional goals statement that articulates your understanding of the role and scope of practice for the program you are pursuing, the population and setting that you are focusing on, and why you will be successful in this rigorous online program that is in APA 7th Edition style and should be no more than three pages in length, citing the AACN MSN Essentials document and/or APRN Consensus Model, where appropriate.
  • Resumé including (at a minimum): education experience, last five years of work experience (in reverse-chronological order), license and certifications and community/professional service history.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states:
    • Alaska
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • Florida
    • Hawaii
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • Texas
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin

If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, we highly recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program. 

Prior to clinical and/or practicum experiences, students must also provide:

FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Ohio Senate Bills 38 and 160.

Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook)

Malpractice insurance


The Ohio University Graduate College manages the application process for all Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Applicants utilizing Ohio University Education Benefits should contact the School of Nursing by emailing for specific information prior to applying.

The MSN program major codes are listed below:

  • MS1224 – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MS1225 – Nurse Educator
  • MS1229 – Nurse Educator/FNP Dual
  • MS1236 – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • MS1238 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MS1240 – Nurse Leader

Go to to begin your application.

Additional information on the online format MSN tracks

Application Deadlines

The FNP program admits students every semester. The Nurse Educator only admits in the Spring, Psychiatric Mental Health NP only admits in the Summer, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Nurse Leader only admit in the Fall. The application deadlines are typically 2-3 months before the start of each semester and are much earlier than the general Graduate College Deadlines. Please contact the school of nursing at for more specific application deadline information.

Applicant Interview

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. As part of the application process, you may 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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