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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree is a selective process. Years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's resume, along with GPA and intent for full-time study, will be considered in the selection process for applicants who meet all admission criteria.

  • An active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.
  • A bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the Univeristy Graduate Admission Policy.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Completion of 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.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.

Students selected for admission to the nursing program must meet the College of Nursing's Clinical Compliance Policy.

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.
In-Person Concentrations:
Adult-Gero Acute Care NP; Adult-Gero Primary Care NP; Family NP; MSN-MBA Dual Degree; Pediatric Primary Care NP; Psychiatric-Mental Health NP
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Online Concentrations:
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Materials to submit with application

  • Official Transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
  • 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.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Proof of RN licensure.
    • Search for your license on NURSYS.com Quick Confirm License Verification. Find and review the information to ensure that it is you. Click on “View Report” and email the full report to GradApps@kent.edu. If your state does not participate in NURSYS, please contact your state’s BoN to send licensure verification to Kent State University.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 560 TOEFL score (83 on the Internet-based version), minimum 78 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 55 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, submission of all required documents to the Division of Graduate Studies should be sent to gradapps@kent.edu or mailed to:

Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
Cartwright Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242

Please include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions (domestic applicants only) at 330-672-2661 or gradapps@kent.edu.

UPDATED: May. 16, 2017