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

Admission Requirements

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

  • You are licensed as a Registered Nurse by the Ohio Board of Nursing (or have a RN license in the state in which you will complete your practicum)
  • You have earned a BSN and/or MSN degree from an accredited nursing program.
  • You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Application and admission occurs 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.

Step 1)

Complete the Graduate Studies online application. Note: The Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, and Family NP concentrations do not admit for spring semester.

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Materials to submit with application

Submit the following materials to this address:

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

  • A 300-word essay that describes your reason for pursuing graduate study within your chosen concentration.  
  • An official transcript in a sealed envelope from each college or university (except Kent State University) in which 9 semester hours or more were earned.
  • Scores of the Graduate Record Exam or Miller's Analogy Test if your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. Please note: Your undergraduate GPA will be calculated by the Office of Graduate Services using all credits earned at universities for 9 or more semester hours. The GRE is required for dual degree applicants,regardless of undergraduate GPA.
  • 3 letters of recommendation completed by persons who are familiar with your work experience, clinical skills, and educational goals. Two of the individuals should have academic degrees comparable to at least an MSN.

A letter of recommendation form is available in printable format; attaching a descriptive statement in addition, however, is strongly encouraged.

Download letter of recommendation form (PDF)

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.

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