Graduate Entry Option for UM Students

Students who are graduating from one of the School of Nursing and Health Studies BSN programs (traditional or accelerated) may take advantage of the Grad Entry Option—streamlined admission to the MSN program.  Applications may be submitted at any time prior to the spring graduation date for admission to the fall semester (August).   
Applicants choose one of the MSN specialty tracks--the Family Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Educator program.  BSN graduates interested in the Nurse Anesthesia MSN program are not eligible for Grad Entry but may apply to the CRNA MSN program after working for a year in critical care. 

Applicants submit:

  • An online graduate application (  A $50 application fee (via credit card) is required in order to process the application.  Applications may be submitted prior to taking the GRE, however, the admission decision will be deferred until the GRE score is received.
  • A GRE score report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Our typical MSN applicant has a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) combining the scores of the verbal and quantitative sections. 
  • Transcripts.  Transcripts are not required if the applicant applies while still a UM student.  Our typical applicant has a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  • A one-page statement of educational and professional goals.  This may be typed on the application or submitted separately.  It should be well-written and grammatically correct.
  • A current resume.  This should list work experience, awards, professional organizations, and academic history.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  At least one recommendation must be from a UM nursing faculty member.  Recommendations originally submitted for the accelerated BSN program may be substituted for two recommendations, provided they are in strong support of the applicant.
  • RN License and Certificates.  If admitted to the MSN program, recent BSN graduates must provide proof of having passed the NCLEX before enrolling in classes.  Applicants to the Acute Care specialty track must submit a copy of a current Advanced Life Support Certificate (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PAL), and Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • Accelerated BSN Students may take NUR 630 in their fall semester instead of NUR 400 which will be counted toward their MSN degree.

Please note that MSN admissions are conducted on a case by case basis and the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies reserves the right to waive any requirement or request additional information from applicants. 


  • NUR 523  Introduction to Community-Based Nursing Practice
  • NUR 314  Health Assessment
  • NUR 315  Pathophysiology
  • NUR 307  Nursing Implications for Pharmacotherapeutics
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  • NUR 429 Community Based Nursing Care of Adults & Families II
  • NUR 334 Community Based Nursing Care of Women and their Families
  • NUR 524 Community-Based Multicultural Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
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  • NUR 441  Professional Role Synthesis
  • NUR 630  Nursing Research
  • NUR 430  Community Based Nursing Care of Children and Families
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For the MSN program, please refer to individual program plans