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.
We offer the following M.S. in Nursing concentration:
Fall: July 1
Complete an Application
Submit your application
The application fee is $40. It can be paid by cash, check, or money order.
Please send us your official transcripts in sealed envelopes, from each college or university you have attended. All credentials from foreign institutions require a World Education Services (WES) evaluation.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic 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.
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.
Applicants may be asked to complete an admission interview with the program coordinator.
See our policy on Transfer Credit for general information regarding transfer credit. NURS 599 and NURS 699 will be assigned to transfer elective credits.
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.
To be considered for the program, an applicant must have successfully completed the following prerequisites:
- Nursing Research
Additionally applicants 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.
Please note: To be admitted to the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s M.S in Nursing programs, international applicants must meet CMSV’s language criteria for acceptance with a TOEFL score of 80 or better or an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, and a GMAT score of 530 or better.