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RN-MSN Admission Information

Admission criteria

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

  • An associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution - ACEN - formerly NLNAC- or CCNE, - which included clinical practice courses in nursing;
  • Minimum cumulative nursing GPA (undergraduate and graduate coursework) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum "C" grade in each course;
  • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure (RN) to practice in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Mississippi;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clinical experience as a registered nurse for one year is required for all nurse practitioner tracks; however, only critical care experience is acceptable for Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner applicants.

Please note that the admission requirements for the RN-MSN Early-Entry program are separate from the RN-MSN program.


For the RN-MSN program, you must complete 62 hours of prerequisite coursework. However, many of these prerequisites are classes that you more than likely completed in your associate-degree program. Additional prerequisites may be completed at the college, university or community college of your choice. If you have questions regarding prerequisites or if you have questions concerning your application's status, please call (601) 984-1080 or (601) 815-0124.

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

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