The Catholic University of America

  M.S.N. Program Admissions Criteria

Admission to study is open to properly qualified men and women of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin. Graduate admission is processed through the Office of Graduate Admission. Information on any MSN program tracts and course curriculum are mailed to each inquirer from the School of Nursing Graduate Office.

Regular Admission

The Catholic University School of Nursing employs a “whole person” philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program.To be considered for admission, in addition to meeting University admission requirements,  at a minimum, an applicant must:

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university offering a program in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students or those educated in other countries recognizing that this may limit eligibility for specialty certification).
  2. Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE  must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American BSN degree must be established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the World Education Services ( or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (   
  3. Present transcripts of undergraduate study that give evidence of academic ability. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, as well as an average GPA of 3.0 in the nursing major.   
  4. Have completed a graduate level statistics course within the past three years with a grade of 3.0 or better on a 4 point scale; if this requirement is not met, applicants who are otherwise qualified may be admitted on a provisional basis with the stipulation that the requirement be met prior to enrollment in the required research  coursework.
  5. Be a registered nurse in a state or jurisdiction of the United States, without restrictions. Local applicants should be eligible for registration D.C., Maryland and/or Virginia since the vast majority of clinical placements occur in these jurisdictions.
  6. Have acquired some post-baccalaureate nursing experience relevant to the proposed area of clinical practice. The amount of experience required may vary depending on the particular field of study.
  7. Ensure that  the three  letters of recommendation required by the University include (a) a recommendation from a former dean,faculty member or academic advisor  familiar with the applicant's academic performance  and (b) a separate recommendation from current or former  supervisor in a  clinical practice setting. 
  8. Meet the School of Nursing's Health-Related Behavioral Standards for clinical programs.

N.B. In some instances, applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission as degree-seeking candidates may be eligible for provisional admission if required documents are missing or for conditional admission if there are questions about academic performance or English language proficiency

International Students

There are additional test and documentation requirements for international students. These requirements are available online from the Admissions Office. The International Students and Scholar Services office has helpful information for international students.

Important Admissions Dates 

Fall Admission application deadline is July 15th

Fall Admission for International Students application deadline is July 1st.  

Online Admissions Form