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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 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.

For a list of additional academic policies and regulations, including those pertaining to admission compliance, orientation, registration and examinations, please click here.

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation