- BS or BA in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited university
- CCNE-Does "not to accredit international programs housed entirely in foreign countries at this time" (CCNE Achieving Excellence in Accreditation, p. 32, retrieved 10.08.2012 from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/CCNEHistory.pdf).
- NLN-International programs accredited by NLN include Guam, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and Virgin Islands. (retrieved 10.08.2012 from http://www.nlnac.org/forms/directory_search.htm)
- Documentation of current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN). Photocopy acceptable.
- Total cumulative local GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the last institution where nursing degree awarded
- Complete “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” form.
- International Students
- You must complete the International Student Application packet where in you indicate if you are a US citizen http://www.mnstate.edu/PB_RuledLeftHandColumn.aspx?pageid=2147486647
- You must contact the International Student Office at 218-477-2956.
- You must hold a current Work Visa (not Student Visa) that will be valid throughout the course of study in the graduate program.*
- Completed "Nursing Application" form including:
- 500 word essay describing professional experience and future professional goals.
- Three letters of recommendation (two from professional colleagues, 1 from personal, see provided nursing forms).
- Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
- Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
- Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant's state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota. (Approval secured from key states- SD, ND, NE, MT, WI, IL, AZ, MO)
**International Student Admission Policy**
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 fundamentally changed the requirements for the international students who wish to study in the United States. The major change that affects an online program is that no more than the equivalent of one on-line/distance education class or 3 credits per session may count towards the ‘full course of study’ requirement. A full copy of the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Advisory Manual is available in the International Student Affairs office [Chapter 3: F-1 Students; Section 3.20.7; Authority cite 8 C.F.R. SS 214.2(f) (6) (i) (G)]. Students are able to be admitted to this program if they have an active Work Visa. Students are unable to be admitted to this program if they have a Student Visa.
1. Complete the MSUM Graduate Studies application
2. Complete Master of Science School of Nursing Application that includes:
- School of Nursing Application Form
- Three references: two from professional colleagues (Reference Form) that address clinical competence and potential for graduate education and one personal reference.
- Written narrative of professional experience and future professional goals.
Submit all materials, except official transcripts, in one packet to:
Graduate Studies Office
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 Seventh Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Application deadline for Summer Session: April 15
Application deadline for Fall Semester: July 15
Application deadline for Spring Semester: November 15
Early applications are recommended for all deadlines to ensure timely processing of application materials.
All students must complete the program within 7 years.
Students may progress either full- or part-time, depending on the area of study. Full-time students may complete the MS degree in 2 years.
A maximum of 12 graduate semester credits, all of which must be related to the program, may be transferred from other appropriately accredited colleges or universities with the consent of the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program. The transfer credits must be no older than seven years by the time of curriculum completion and carry a grade of B or better.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to continue and graduate from the program. If the GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation for the next semester in which courses are taken. If the GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the next semester, the student is withdrawn from the program. No more than two courses with a grade of C (including C+ and C-) may be applied to the program of study.
A Thesis or classroom-based research project is required. An oral examination by the candidate's committee is conducted following completion of the thesis or classroom-based research and a majority of required coursework.
*_Curriculum for Master's of Science Degree_*
The curriculum includes graduate core courses, specialty track advanced practice courses, other nursing and support courses, clinical practica, and either a master's project or thesis. Students collaborate with their advisors to select practica that fit their particular areas or populations of interest. Clinical practica may take place in the students' home area if appropriate. The focus of the program is advanced nursing practice with an emphasis in nursing education.
Tracy Wright, RN, PhD, CNE
Graduate Program Coordinator
213 Lommen Hall
218-766-2336 FREE 218-766-2336