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MSN Program Admission Requirements


  • Academic Preparation: A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university as evidenced by an official transcript.
  • GPA: A minimum overall 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.
  • Official Transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Licensure: Evidence of a current unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nurse (RN) license with no restrictions.
  • Years of Experience: A minimum of two (2) years full-time experience as a Registered Nurse within the past five (5) years. Students who wish to pursue a Nurse Practitioner specialty must have two (2) years full-time experience as a Registered Nurse in direct patient care delivery within the past five (5) years.
  • GRE: A satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation from the following: (1) A former faculty member in an undergraduate nursing program; (2) 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; and (3) 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.
  • Statement of Interest: Submission of a 500–1000-word statement of interest that addresses the applicant's personal goals for graduate study which are congruent with the MSN Program goals and 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, licenses, certifications, 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.
  • Statistics Course: Completion of a prerequisite course in introductory statistics at the 200, 300 level, or above.
  • Interview: An interview of the applicant may be required.


Application Submission:  To apply online for admissions to the SUBR Graduate School and the School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program, please visit
Admissions Application Deadlines:  April 15 (Fall Semester) and November 1 (Spring Semester)
Review and Notification Process:  Once the SUBR Graduate School receives a complete application packet with all 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 application packet 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 of the admissions decision by the Graduate School and the School of Nursing.