Applicants will be selected for admission to the Master’s of Science in Nursing Program on the basis of intellectual ability, ability to think independently, ability to communicate, self-reliance, motivation, performance, compatibility of professional goals with those of the program, and other qualities appropriate to graduate study in nursing. Each admission decision will be made on the basis of an appraisal of the total application using established criteria.
Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session, including a written exercise. Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Nurse Leadership, Nurse Education and Family Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements
Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Program Option Admission Requirements
Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate Program Option Admission Requirements
Nurse Anesthesia Program Admission Requirements The MS(N) Nurse Anesthesia Program admission requirements are different from the other
MS(N) program requirements!
In order to be eligible for admission to the Nurse Leadership, Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and nationally accredited nursing program
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
- Statistics course, undergraduate or graduate level
- Research course, undergraduate
- Registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice
- Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse within the last five years
- Three professional references: one must be from current or recent immediate supervisor
- Submit a resume and professional statement with the online Graduate School application
- Submit competitive GRE or MAT scores.
1) The candidate must have graduated from a nationally accredited master’s program
in nursing (MSN).
2) GRE/MAT score requirement is waived.
Admission requirements are the same as for the applicants for the MS(N) Program except for the following two criteria:
1) The candidate must have graduated from a nationally accredited master's program
in nursing (MSN) or a related discipline.
2) GRE/MAT score requirement is waived.
The MS(N) Nurse Anesthesia Program admission requirements, dates, and admission procedures are different from the other
MS(N) program admission requirements, dates, and admission procedures.
Application to the MS(N) Program requires application to the Graduate School. Only complete applications will be eligible for review. As part of the online application, the applicant needs to prepare the following:
- Request official college transcript from all secondary schools attended—to be sent to the WCU Graduate School.
- Submit either GRE or MAT scores. Request that your scores be sent to Western Carolina University's Graduate School. GRE/MAT scores are waived for applicants applying to a Post-Master's Certificate program.
- As part of your online application, be prepared to submit:
a. Names of (and contact info for) three professional references who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study; one must be from a current or recent employer.
b. Professional Statement and Resume
c. $65 application fee
Nurse Leadership and Nurse Educator admit twice a year:
- April 1 for the Fall semester
- October 15 for the Spring semester
Family Nurse Practitioner admits once a year:
- February 15 for the Fall semester
Nurse Anesthesia admits once a year:
- May 15 for the Spring semester
Want more information? Click here to download the MS(N) Application Information Packet. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jessica Shirley, Director of Student Services for the School of Nursing,or click on the Request More Information link to receive additional program details.