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Masters in Nursing Requirements

Students may apply for full- or part-time study.

The school seeks individuals who will bring to the student body the qualities of scholarship, motivation, and commitment. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant as an individual and will consider both academic potential and personal qualities. Therefore, school records, test scores, recommendations, and essays about goals and interests are important.

Recommendations about a student’s character, intellectual curiosity, seriousness of purpose, and range of extracurricular activities are considered.

Selection factors include:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

  • Scholastic Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university

  • GRE scores within the past five years (MSN/MPH applicants only). Our GRE school code is 5767.

  • Demonstrated commitment to nursing practice and scholarly pursuit

  • Community service and professional commitment

  • Interview with faculty member*

  • Written expression of goals

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing licensure. Students must have or obtain Maryland Registered Nurse licensure for matriculation

*Interview with a faculty member may or may not be requested.

Additionally, applicants for the Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program

  • Will be exceptional students who are carefully chosen based on a number of factors including previous experiences. Direct care acute care experiences will be required;

  • Will be required to attend part time during their first year in the program while working as a staff nurse in a critical care unit full time (more than 36 hours per week), and will not begin NP clinical courses until their second year.


  • Undergraduate Statistics

  • Health Assessment (for NP and CNS applicants only)

In addition to the prerequisites above, the following courses are also required for MSN/MPH applicants:

  • College level course in Quantitative Science (ex. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics)

  • General Biology

  • Health Related Science (ex. Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology)

Transfer of Credit

Transfer of credit is granted on an individual basis. The decision is based on equivalent content (for required courses), credit allotment and satisfactory completion of courses. You may petition for permission to substitute a course from another college or university by submitting a request to the Office of Admissions and Student Services along with the complete course syllabus.

Up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at Johns Hopkins University or elsewhere may be accepted for transfer. Course work must have been completed within the last five years. Course work at the undergraduate level will not be considered for advanced standing credit.