Admission Requirements - Master of Science in nursing

The Admissions Committee shall review all completed applications to the nursing program. The committee will determine whether an applicant may be admitted unconditionally, admitted with provisions, or not admitted, based on established criteria. This committee will include the following individuals: the Division Chair of Health Professions, all CMU nursing program and clinical coordinators, one full time MSN faculty member, and one adjunct MSN faculty member.

Students who have graduated from any of Central Methodist University’s baccalaureate nursing programs in 2012 or later, have passed the NCLEX, and have an unencumbered nursing license are eligible for direct admission to the MSN program. Please contact Graduate Admissions for further information at

All other applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Eligible for admission to Central Methodist University's Graduate School

2. Current Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from a college or university accredited by CCNE or ACEN (previously NLNAC).

3. Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a non-nursing Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for acceptance after submitting a portfolio of experiences based on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education to the Admission's Committee.

4. Current, undisciplined RN license from a U.S. state or territory

5. Cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the completed BSN program

6. Nursing Research course with a C grade or better

7. Statistics course with a C grade or better

8. Submission of an Application for Admission

9. Resume and cover letter (one page each) detailing why you are pursuing a graduate degree and how you will use this degree to improve your current practice. Submit to

10. Submission of a formal written paper to A maximum of four pages, demonstrating skills in grammar, spelling, and composition supported by at least two (2) sources from current literature (APA formatting mandatory) that addresses one of the two following prompts:

• What is the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in shaping the future of healthcare delivery? or

• What is the role of the Nurse Educator in shaping the future of healthcare delivery?

11. Two letters of recommendation, one must be from a previous instructor or supervisor. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the authors to Student submitted letters or faxes are not accepted.

An official transcript from the baccalaureate degree program, clearly showing BSN graduation date, is required.   If a statistics course is not included on the baccalaureate transcript, an official transcript from the institution where statistics was taken will also be required.   Official transcripts should be requested to the CGES Admissions Office at 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO  65248.  Or, e-transcripts may be requested.  If able to provide a specific email address in the delivery line, please use

Application Deadline

Students are admitted in cohorts with a minimum of 10–12 people per cohort.
The next cohort for the MSN program begins in August 2019. The application deadline for this cohort is July 1, 2019.

Additional Information

Master of Science in Nursing in the course catalog