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MSN Program Admission Process

MSN Admissions Requirements


Academic Preparation

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



  • A minimum over-all cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as evidenced by official Bachelor of Science (BSN) transcript is required for regular admission status. Applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no less than 2.70 may be considered for conditional admission at the discretion, and upon the recommendation, of the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee.
  • To be removed from Conditional Admission status, the student must receive a grade of “ B” or above in all graduate-level courses in the first 9 hours attempted. A grade of “C” or lower will warrant immediate dismissal from the program.
  • Post-BSN undergraduate courses taken as a non-degree student will not be considered as part of the overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average.


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 full- time experience as a Registered Nurse in direct patient care delivery within the past five (5) years.
  • Administration/Education Focus:  A minimum of two (2) years of full-time experience as a Registered Nurse 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


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 former faculty member in an undergraduate nursing progra
  • 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.
  • 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.


Statement of Interest

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

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

Approved:  Southern University School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Council