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MSN and Post-Master's Admission Information

Admission criteria

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 cumulative 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;
  • Satisfactory score on the GRE, including a score of 3.5 or higher on the analytical section; (Students already holding a graduate degree do not need to provide GRE scores; however, students who do not hold a previous graduate degree will need to provide the Registrar's office with an official copy of test results.)
  • At least one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse is required for all nurse practitioner tracks prior to beginning the program. For the Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track, the one year of clinical experience must be in a critical care/ED setting.
  • 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 (including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations)

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation