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M.S. in Nursing Admission Requirements
Deadline for Fall Semester: August 1 

The M.S. in Nursing will no longer accept applications for the fall and spring terms. It will only accept applications for the fall term. Prospective applicants to the Program are encouraged to submit their documents in a timely manner prior to the August 1, 2014 deadline.

Required Documents

Applicants for admission into the graduate nursing program must:  
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited college or institution (graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools are required to have their transcripts evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools).
  • Have earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Have successfully completed undergraduate courses in nursing research and elementary statistics
  • Applicants who do not possess a baccalaureate degree in Nursing must make an appointment with the Director of the Nursing Program prior to submission of an application. R.N.s with a baccalaureate in another discipline are expected to demonstrate the competencies of nurses with a Baccalaureate in Nursing. 
Apply Online
SPGS Application and fee. Please note that this online form cannot be saved and must be completed in full in one session. Please complete all sections of the application.

Official transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. The undergraduate GPA required for admission is 3.0. Applicants who have non-U.S. credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials. A number of agencies provide this service. The preferred service is the World Education Services (WES).
Please submit 2 letters of recommendation (one professional and one academic letter preferred).

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.
New York State R.N. Licence
Please submit a copy of your R.N. license.
Admission Interview
Applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program may be asked to complete an admission interview with the Director or Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program.
Writing Proficiency
All degree candidates must complete and pass the English Essay Exam prior to their first semester of study. No special preparation is required. Contact the Graduate Program for an appointment to take the examination. Anyone whose proficiency exam demonstrates weakness in writing will be referred to the Academic Resource Center and/or registered for a non-credit course to improve writing skills prior to enrollment in graduate courses.

Please Note

Registered nurses with a B.S. in Nursing can enroll in the program on a part-time basis.

Generally, graduate Nursing courses are offered at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the late afternoons and evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters and prerequisite undergraduate courses are offered during the Fall, Spring, Intersession, and Summer sessions.

All documents of applicants who have been accepted and who, for extenuating circumstances, cannot register for courses during the session for which they were admitted, will be kept on file for two consecutive fall and spring semesters with the permission of the Program Director. Otherwise, they will be required to reapply under the requirements for admission in effect at that time.

CMSV Undergraduate Nursing Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses
College of Mount Saint Vincent undergraduate nursing students in their senior year who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 may petition to register for a graduate course for which they meet the prerequisites. Students must receive written permission from the Director or Associate Director of the Nursing program. Students may enroll only in nursing core courses.

Transfer Credit
See our policy on Transfer Credit for general information regarding transfer credit. NURS 599 and NURS 699 will be assigned to transfer elective credits.

Passing (“P”) is used primarily for the practicum courses of the Graduate Nursing Program. “Pass” is equivalent to “A” or “B” grades. See specific course syllabi for minimum passing grade. Students who receive an “F” in a course will be dismissed from the program. All Students must achieve a minimum grade of “B” in core, support and concentration courses in order to progress in the program.

All required information must be on file before an admission decision will be made
by the Admission Committee.

If you have any questions regarding your application, contact Ellen Lynch, Graduate Admissions Counselor at or (718) 405-3320.