Applicants 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 (CGFNS).
- 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.
Applicants must also have earned an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Please note that a student with an undergraduate grade point average below a 3.0 may enroll as a nonmatriculated student in the four Core Nursing courses. If the student achieves a 3.0 grade point average in these courses, he/she may matriculate into the program.
Complete an Application
References and Transcripts
Submit two references and all official undergraduate transcripts. You must have successfully completed undergraduate courses in nursing research and elementary statistics.
New York State R.N. Licence
Please submit a copy of your R.N. license.
Applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program need to complete an admission interview with the Director or Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program.
All degree candidates must complete 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.
Deadline for Fall Semester: July 1
Deadline for Spring Semester: November 1
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.
Admission for an RN with a Baccalaureate Degree in a Major Other Than Nursing
Under special circumstances, registered nurses with degrees in a field other than nursing may be
enrolled in the Graduate Nursing Program. Admission requirements include:
- current R.N. license;
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- completed application and fee;
- admissions interview;
- completion of undergraduate courses in chemistry, nursing research and elementary statistics;
- successful completion of NURS 209, NURS 309 and NURS 436;
- satisfactory passage of the English Essay Exam
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.
See our policy on Transfer Credit for general information regarding transfer credit. NURS 599 and NURS 699 will be assigned to transfer elective credits.
More information about Graduate Admission Requirements