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MSN and Post-Master's Admission Information

Admission criteria

The GRE score is no longer required for RN-MSN, MSN, BSN-DNP and DNP programs.

Admission to the MSN and Post-Master's program is based on an evaluation of the following data by the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution (ACEN - formerly NLNAC or CCNE) - which included upper-division theory and clinical practice courses in nursing;
  • For post-master's applicants: A BSN and a master's degree in nursing or related field; in the absence of a BSN degree, a master's degree in nursing is required.
  • Minimum nursing GPA (undergraduate and graduate coursework) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Note: Applicants who are enrolled in the final semester of a baccalaureate nursing program may be considered.
  • Undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course;
  • One year of experience as an RN is required for all nurse practitioner tracks prior to beginning the program. Applicants for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track must have at least one year of experience as an RN in critical/emergency care prior to beginning the program. Applicants for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN prior to beginning the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track and 2 years of NICU clinical experience as an RN before taking any clinical courses. Applicants for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN in pediatrics prior to beginning the program and 2 years of pediatric clinical experience as an RN before taking any clinical courses.
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure (RN) to practice in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Mississippi and/or privilege to practice in a state in which the student will have clinical practice;
  • Graduates of foreign schools whose academic language is not English: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required to demonstrate competence in written and spoken English;
  • Preadmission counseling (completed after the application is reviewed by the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee).
  • If an applicant has been dismissed from any nursing program, one year must pass from date of dismissal to date of eligibility into any UMMC School of Nursing program.

Additional academic policies and regulations (.pdf) (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation (.pdf)