Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Apply to the MSN Program

Admission Requirements

We invite you to apply for admission if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have an active, unrestricted RN license in the state in which practice will be completed.
    • Proof of the appropriate licensure must be obtained within the first semester of the program or prior to you beginning practicum hours, whichever comes first
  • You have earned a baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.
    • An RN with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on review of a portfolio submitted with the application. Please contact the Office of Student Services for additional information.
  • You have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale.
    • Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University Graduate Admission Policy
  • You have successfully completed an undergraduate level statistics course in the past 5 years with a grade of "C" or better.
  • You have professional experience in nursing as evidenced by: a resume or curriculum vitae and a pre-admission interview.

Application and admission occur in a two-step process. First, you will apply to the University through Graduate Studies. Second, you will be interviewed by College of Nursing graduate faculty and graduate office.

Note: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and  consumer protection,  as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program, by contacting the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911.

Step 1)

Complete the Graduate Studies online application.

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Materials to submit with application

  • A two to three page admission essay describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and demonstrating clarity of professional goals.
  • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college or university (except Kent State University) in which 8 semester hours or more were earned.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae that outlines your professional experience in nursing.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to your professional and academic abilities

International applicants must show evidence of one of the following:

  • A minimum internet TOEFL score of 83
  • A paper based TOEFL score of 560
  • A MELAB score of 78
  • A PTE minimum score of 55, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for admission

The MSN/MBA concentration requires applicants to complete the GMAT or GRE. Students selected for admission to the nursing program must meet the College of Nursing's Clinical Compliance Policy.

You may submit application materials (except transcripts) to Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope by each college or university (except Kent State University) to:

Research and Graduate Studies Office of Graduate Services
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Step 2)

You will be notified by Graduate Studies when your application is complete and has been sent to the College of Nursing. When it is received, the graduate office secretary will notify your chosen concentration program director that you have applied to that concentration.

An interview, by telephone or in person, will be arranged by the concentration director. The interview is used to establish a fit between your goals and the objectives of the chosen concentration.

Admission is determined by members of a graduate faculty committee who provide a holistic review of the required documents and interview results stated above.