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  • RN-MSN Admission Information

    Admission criteria

    • 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 GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
    • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum "C" grade in each 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.)
    • 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; (New associate-degree graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN® examination and become licensed as a registered nurse by the end of their first semester of coursework.)
    • Clinical experience as a registered nurse for one year in intensive care is required only for Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner applicants;
    • Preadmission counseling (completed after the application is reviewed by the Graduate Admission and Progression Committee).
    Please note that the admission requirements for the RN-MSN Early-Entry program are separate from the RN-MSN program. For a list of admission requirements for the RN-MSN Early-Entry program, please click here.

    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


    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.

    Download the RN-MSN Prerequisite Checklist (.pdf)