M.S. in Nursing Application Checklist and Timeline

The Nursing Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is dedicated to preparing graduates to work as nurse educators, nurse practitioners, or nurse administrators. Through theory and research in nursing and related disciplines, you will graduate with the skills you need to successfully navigate the constant changes in the health care climate. Our long-standing relationships with area hospitals and health care facilities offer you practical clinical experience where you will apply your classroom knowledge to become an expert educator and a leader in your organization.

The Master of Science degree in Nursing emphasizes critical thinking and scholarly practices. It also prepares graduates for doctoral study in nursing, and addresses the increasing demand for high-quality, cost-effective health care services for individuals, families, and communities.

Required Documents – M.S. in Nursing

Fall Semester: July 1

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.

Complete an Application
Submit application and fee

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. 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).

Letter of Recommendation
Two (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. License
Please submit a copy of your R.N. license.

Applicants may be asked to complete an admission interview with the program coordinator.

Writing Proficiency
All degree candidates must complete and pass the English Essay Exam prior to being evaluated for admission. No special preparation is required. Contact the Graduate Admission Counselor 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.

Deferring Enrollment
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 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 request to register for a graduate course for which they meet the prerequisites. Students must receive written permission from the Director or Associate Director of Nursing. 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.

Please note: all required information must be on file before an admission decision will be made by the Admission Committee. 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. Registered nurses with a B.S. in Nursing can enroll in the program on a part-time basis.

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