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Online Master of Science in Nursing: Admissions Requirements

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Wondering what your odds are for admission? Whether you’re applying to college for the first time or haven’t been a student in years, college admissions anxiety can be overwhelming. We’re on a mission to remove the guesswork from the application process so you can make key decisions about your future with confidence. Start by picking a program of interest to see your likelihood of acceptance. 

Enrollment counselors are available to support you through the admissions process so you can reach your potential, achieve your educational goals, and accelerate your career. If you have questions or prefer to apply over the phone, give us a call at 877-791-7181.

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Use our Admissions Estimator to see how you measure up against our general admissions criteria for your program of interest.*

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Choose from the available selections to complete the admissions criteria questions.

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Are you a transfer Student?

Do you hold a degree or diploma in nursing?

Do you hold an unencumbered U.S. RN from your home state, or from any other state RN licensure?

Do you hold an advanced practice nursing licensure and certification?


Based on your responses to the previous questions, here is how you measure up to the admissions requirements.

Admission Requirements

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Degree and Minimum GPAB.A./B.S. degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
Official GMAT/GRENo GMAT/GRE scores required
Current LicensureCopy of current, unencumbered U.S. RN license from the state where you practice and a copy of any other license
Two Recommendation Letters
  • One from a professional nursing peer
  • One from a supervisor in a recent health care position
Additional Requirements
  • Completed criminal background check
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Prerequisite courses in statistics

  • Proof of individual and professional liability insurance coverage that meets current state requirements

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Fill out the form below and a skilled and knowledgeable Admissions Representative will get in touch to answer your questions and help with the application process.

International Students

At Sacred Heart University, we welcome students from all around the world. If you are an international student and are interested in enrolling in the online MSN, you should submit the MSN admission requirements listed above, as well as the following:

Course EvaluationA course-by-course evaluation (and a translation, if applicable) from an acceptable transcript evaluation services agency, such as World Education Services.
TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scoresIf English is not your native language, you need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 70 (iBT). Or, a minimum IELTS score of 6.

If you are unable to provide proof of English language proficiency, Sacred Heart University can administer an online English proficiency test for you. Also, please note that international students on an F-1 student visa are not permitted to enroll in online programs.

For more information on MSN admission requirements for international students, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

Transfer Credit

You may transfer in up to 12 credits you’ve earned in previous master’s-level courses, equaling 40 percent of the MSN’s required credits. This is subject to credit eligibility and program director approval.

To find out whether or not your credits are eligible, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

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Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you. The best time to apply is now.