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Admission Criteria

The distance mediated master’s of science (MS(N)) program prepares graduates to fulfill and excel in advanced nursing practice roles requiring advanced skills in nursing education and/or leadership in delivery of health care to individuals, communities and populations.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


To be considered for admission to the Sinclair School of Nursing’s master’s degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A degree from a nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  • A personal interview, upon request.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A personal statement of your professional goals and how this program will help you achieve them.

International Student Admission for Nursing MS

  • All international admissions are initially the responsibility of the MU Coordinator of International Student Programs. The Student Admissions and Progression Committee of the School of Nursing may not act upon any international application for admission until the applicant has been cleared through the office.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants need documentation of English-language proficiency, demonstrated through a satisfactory Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score within the last two years.

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

  • International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  • International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework.

Required Application Materials

For the Nursing Program

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application (After acceptance to the MSN program)
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)
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