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Application Deadline

The application deadline is February 15. 

Application Process

As the class size is limited to 32 students, admission is competitive. The selection process is based on cumulative GPA, prerequisite grades, references, and evaluation of applicant essay.

Application Packet

Review the Entry Level MSN Applicant Policies before submitting your application materials.

To be considered for full admission to the Entry Level Master of Science Nursing Program, you must submit:

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts for all previous college-level work in undergraduate and graduate programs indicating baccalaureate degree and prerequisite course completion.
  • Application Essay
    • A three-page word-processed essay using double-spacing and 12-point font (approximately 750 words) addressing the following:
      • An important part of the Metropolitan State University School of Nursing's mission is to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations.
        1. Describe how your talents, experiences, and/or cultural background have:
          • prepared you to support our mission
          • prepared you for graduate education
        2. Describe your anticipated professional goals after completing this program and attaining registered nurse licensure.

    Applicants are expected to use their own words and ideas when responding to essay questions. To clarify or strengthen a point, applicants may choose to include the thoughts and ideas of others when responding. In these cases, applicants are required to provide proper 6th edition APA citation of the works in which the ideas originated. Applicant essays are subject to plagiarism review, including the use of plagiarism detecting software. The consequences for essay plagiarism will be decided by the SON Admission/Retention Committee and could result in various consequences, including the full denial of an application.

    Applicants are encouraged to review language regarding plagiarism found in the Student Handbook.

  • Two references
    • Completed reference forms from two people. Select two people from two different categories listed below:
      • a faculty member
      • a supervisor/employer
      • a professional peer or colleague
  • Computer proficiency
    • Completed computer proficiency form with student signature acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the Department of Nursing.
  • Prerequisites

There are eight admission prerequisites for the ELMSN program. All prerequisites must be at least three semester credits, or at least four quarter credits and be taken at a regionally accredited college or university.

  • Chemistry (with laboratory component)
  • Human anatomy (with laboratory component)
  • Human physiology (with laboratory component)
  • Microbiology (with laboratory component)
  • Lifespan growth and development (Course must cover the entire lifespan)
  • Medical Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics. This course must be an upper division or a graduate course. (This course must have been completed in the last four years)

The four prerequisites of chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology must be completed prior to the application deadline. (Cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better)

The four prerequisites of lifespan growth and development, medical ethics, statistics, and nutrition may be pending at the application deadline. If an admission offer is made, the remaining prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better by the start of the program. An official transcript must be submitted to the School of Nursing prior to the start of the program.

Submit packet to:

Graduate Studies Office
Metropolitan State University
New Main 206
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106



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