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MSN Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements and Documents
  • Completed application (online or PDF), with $40 fee
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida
  • Official transcripts from each university or college attended; must show a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours 
  • Two professional reference forms (PDF) completed by individuals that attest to the applicant’s professional background and academic potential
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • A minimum of one year direct patient care experience within the past five years is recommended
  • International applicants are required to submit test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) if English is not native language
Additional MSN Admission Criteria

Students can be admitted as full degree seeking status or pre-MSN status. The GPA requirement is based on last 60 hours of coursework.

 Full Degree Seeking Admission

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Current Florida RN license
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants are required to meet one of the following requirements:
    - Earn the minimum required score on the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section
    - NUR 600 Scholarly and Professional Communication in Nursing

Pre-MSN Admission

  • Bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing
  • Current Florida RN license
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants are required to meet one of the following requirements:
    - Earn the minimum required score on the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section
    - NUR 600 Scholarly and Professional Communication in Nursing
  • Four required nursing prerequisite courses

Students who have bachelor’s degrees in areas other than nursing are admitted as pre-MSN students. They are required to take the following four undergraduate prerequisites prior to starting the graduate-level curriculum:

  • NUR 322 Contemporary Issues in Health Care
  • NUR 415 Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NUR 422 Principles in Community Health
  • NUR 432 Introduction to Nursing Research

Students may complete pre-MSN courses at another university with faculty permission. Only grades of “B” or better will be accepted. Students will be re-evaluated for admission once the pre-MSN courses are completed.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students with a BSN and a valid Florida nursing license may be permitted to take up to two graduate-level nursing courses at the discretion of the program director. Non-degree seeking students are permitted to take classes only on a space-available basis, with priority registration going to current degree seeking MSN students. Those interested must apply to the University as a non-degree seeking student. Being granted permission to take classes as a non-degree seeking student does not assure admission into the MSN program. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for University or federal financial aid. International students are not eligible for non-degree seeking student status.

Post-Master’s Admission

A student with a previously earned MSN may apply for admission to the post-master’s program to complete requirements for the adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) or family nurse practitioner (FNP) concentration. Students will be individually evaluated to determine required coursework. There must be evidence from the previous master’s program of courses fulfilling UT requirements. Courses taken more than seven years prior to admission will not be applied toward a post-master’s certificate.