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School of Nursing


The minimum requirements needed for application review and the required documents are listed below:

Academic Preparation

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university as evidenced by official transcript.


a) A minimum over-all cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for courses counted toward the student's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, as indicated by official transcript is required for regular admission status.

b) Applicants who have a cumulative GPA of no less than a 2.7 may be considered for conditional admission at the discretion and upon the recommendation of the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee.  Applicants admitted under Conditional Admission status may be admitted for up to one academic year and must earn a "B" or better in all courses during that academic year.  By the end of one academic year of such conditional admission, the department must evaluate the student's performance and notify the graduate school and the student of the final action to be take on the student's admission status as either fully accepting the student or recommending the student be dropped from degree-seeking status. 


A satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the application. 


Evidence of a current unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nurse (RN) license with no restrictions

Years of Experience

Nurse Practitioner Focus: A minimum of two (2) years of full-time nursing experience as a Baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse (BSN-RN) in direct patient care delivery within the past five (5) years

Administration/Education Focus: A minimum of two (2) years of full-time nursing experience as a Baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse (BSN-RN) within the past five (5) years.

Computer Literacy

Evidence of computer literacy

Statistics Course

Completion of a prerequisite course in introductory statistics at the 200, 300 level or above.



In order for an application to be processed, the following documents must be submitted by the admission deadline:

SUBR Application

Completed SUBR Application for Admission to a Graduate Degree Program.  The application packet can be downloaded from http:/  

 Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation from:

a) a former faculty member in an undergraduate nursing program

b) an employer or advanced level professional in research, education, and /or leadership / administration  who can attest to applicant's competencies and expertise as a registered nurse.

c) an individual of the applicant's choice who can attest to the applicant's character, level of integrity, professional traits, and the ability to successfully complete a Master's of Science in Nursing degree with academic excellence.

Official Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.


Official GRE Report (taken within 5 years of the application)

Statement of Interest

Submission of a 500-1000 word statement of interest that addresses the following:

a. Applicant's personal goals for graduate study which are congruent with the MSN Program goals

b. Statement of how MSN education is important to the fulfillment of applicant's career goals

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Submission of current curriculum vitae / resume which includes dated employment history and clinical practice experience, honors, awards, professional memberships, and scholarly works (such as grants, publications, and presentations)

Sample of Scholarly Writing

Scholarly writing sample in health care or nursing research, including any publications or research

Physical Assessment Competency

Evidence of competency in fundamental physical assessment


An interview of the applicant

Submit the application packet and all required application materials to:

SUBR Graduate School
P.O. Box 9860
Baton Rouge, LA  70813



Fall Semester................................May 1

Spring Semester............................November 1

Summer Semester..........................April 1



Once the SUBR Graduate School receives the application packet and all of the required materials, it is forwarded to the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee for review.  The Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee reviews the applicant's file and renders the admission recommendation to the Chair of the

Graduate Nursing Program and the Dean of the School of Nursing.   Each applicant is notified by the Graduate School and the School of Nursing regarding the admissions decision.

MSN Degree requirements consist of: 34-37 credit hours for family health nurse education or administration roles; and 41-44 credit hours for nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist program offerings. Semester credit hours may be pursued through part-time or full-time study. Students are expected to perform satisfactorily on a written comprehensive examination and complete an approved research project or thesis. Students enrolled in the FNP focus can pursue the non-thesis option.


Approved:  Southern University School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Council