Application and Admission Requirements

Application process

  1. Submit an application to Nursing CAS with all required documentation, including transcripts, and references. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 1 for summer admission.
  2. Submit the School of Nursing application fee via the link provided in Nursing CAS application or pay application fee online through the Missouri State CashNET service. Payments are accepted by electronic checking or Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit card. CashNET charges a 2.75% convenience fee on payments made with credit card. Find more information on the credit card policy, visit the bursar's office site. The application fee does not guarantee acceptance into the desired program of your choosing.

Admission process

Full admission to the MSN program is a two step process.

  1. The applicant applies to and is accepted into the MSN program. Requirements include:
    1. Complete the prerequisites for admission to the MSN program:
      • Healthcare informatics and graduate level inferential statistics with a "B-" or higher.
      • Successful completion of undergraduate pathophysiology, nursing research, and health assessment courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
    2. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 60 hours of college work attempted.  Students who have a GPA of less than 3.25 must submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (Minimum Verbal: 150, Quantitative: 145, Analytical Writing: 3.5).
    3. Completion of a Bachelor of Science (BSN) program that is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization. Graduates from international nursing program or non-accredited programs will be considered on an individual basis.
    4. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) without disqualification and eligible for licensure in the State in which clinical practicums will be completed.

Additional requirements

  1. .  A one-page essay that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the MSN program will help accomplish these goals.
  2. Current immunization (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, complete Hepatitis B series or titer indicating immunity) and a PPD or T-Spot (or evidence of appropriate medical follow-up for positive individuals).
  3.  Current health insurance and nursing professional liability insurance.
  4.  Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS)  Online didactic course and written test are available at hppt://  No online practice and skills testing will be accepted.
  5.  Applicants must apply for a state/federal background check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse or completion of clinical experience.
  6.   Pay for and complete a urine drug screen without disqualifying results.

Students with complete application materials for full admission will be reviewed by a program selection committee. 

Retention requirements

After admission into the MSN program, students must maintain the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than one course with a grade of "C", and no course with a grade of "D" or lower.
  2. Students must complete all coursework within five academic years after admission into the MSN program.
  3. Students must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity and professionalism, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the population health program.
  5. Maintain current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life (BLS) certification, RN licensure, health and professional liability insurance, and all immunizations required by clinical agencies throughout the program.
  6. The student must notify the School of Nursing within five (5) days in the event of any legal infractions or any actions taken against their nursing license, or any investigation of such incidences.
Technological requirements

The Missouri State University MSN Program uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities. Didactic online content may be delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the MSN program must be proficient using Blackboard (or other course platform systems), word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to be able to manage files, navigate the internet, access resources, locate scholarly references from the library, use a headset/microphone, computer camera, scanner and fax machine. Students who have deficiencies in these areas must seek training before the start of the program.

Computer hardware and software requirements.

The School of Nursing uses a Blackboard management system for all courses. Additionally, the web conferencing software may be used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Specific information on web conferencing software used in class will be provided in the course syllabus.  Access to a personal computer/laptop with broadband/high speed (Cable or DSL) internet connections, a web camera, headset with microphone is required.