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Apply to the MSN Program

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.
 

Applications

Spring 2018 Application

Kent State University is pleased to offer a new graduate application, hosted by CollegeNET, to students intending to enroll in the Spring 2018 term. You may apply to any MSN concentration via this application.

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Fall 2017 Application

We are no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2017. However, you can still check your Fall 2017 application status at the links below.

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:
Adult-Gero CNS; Nurse Educator; Nursing & Healthcare Management; Women's Health NP
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Materials to Submit With Application

Starting with Spring 2018 applications, applicants will enter information and upload documents to CollegeNET’s secure server.

  • 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.
    • Letters of reference are completed electronically through the CollegeNET application system.
    • For Fall 2017 applicants, 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) 

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

Fall 2017 Applicants

Fall 2017 applicants should follow the instructions for submitting application materials via Graduate Studies.

UPDATED: Jun. 14, 2017