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Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

MSM Bridge Programs Admission Requirements

BSN: Second Degree to MSN Bridge Program

This program allows a student enrolled in the Methodist College Second Degree baccalaureate nursing program to take courses at the graduate level.

Admission Requirements
  1. Meet all BSN Second Degree admission requirements.
  2. Submit a completed graduate program application.
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee.
  4. Submit official transcripts to the Registrar's Office from all previously attended post-secondary institutions of education demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher if such institutions have been attended.
  5. Complete and email all documents to the Office of Admissions. All requirements for the master's program, with the exception of an earned baccalaureate degree in nursing, must be met before students will be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree program.

RN to BSN to MSN Bridge Program

This program allows a student who is a licensed Registered Nurse and who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing (RN-BSN program) to take courses at the graduate level.


Admission Requirements
  1. Submit a completed graduate program application.
  2. Pay a non-refundable application fee.
  3. Provide evidence of educational preparation (diploma or associate's degree) as a registered nurse from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program.
  4. Have a current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Illinois.
  5. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions of education to the Registrar's Office.
  6. Submit a favorable letter of reference from a professional contact.
  7. Submit a favorable letter of reference from a personal or academic contact.
  8. Demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for courses completed for the diploma or associate's degree or cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 30 credits of courses completed toward the general education requirements of the RN-MSN program.
  9. Complete and email all documents to the Office of Admissions. All requirements for the master's program, with the exception of an earned baccalaureate degree in nursing, must be met before students will be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree program.

Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (Post Licensure)

Application Process
The process for applying for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader Executive, or Generalist programs at Methodist College is as follows:
  1. Submit a completed graduate program application.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions of education to the Registrar's Office.
  4. Provide two letters of reference. One should be a personal and the other an academic reference.
  5. Submit a copy of a current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Illinois.

Complete and send all documents to the Office of Admissions. All required materials must be received before students will be considered for admission.

Nursing CAS Application Process
Applicants can also submit applications through NursingCAS 

  1. Individuals completing their applications through NursingCAS need to complete the application per the NursingCAS instructions.
  2. If updates or materials are sent to NursingCAS subsequent to the initial submission of the application, please email Methodist College Admissions.

Application Enrollment Periods
Graduate students are primarily admitted to start in fall semesters. Students may be admitted to graduate programs in the spring term with administrative approval.

Program Capacity
There are limited spots available in the Master of Science in Nursing programs, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply and submit all official documents by our priority admission deadline: April 15. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spots in the program, applicants will be offered admission based on the criteria listed in the Order of Admissions section below.

Admission Requirements
To be accepted into an MSN (Post Licensure) program, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Hold a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a regionally-accredited institution with a nationally-accredited program.
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a baccalaureate degree or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of baccalaureate studies.

Conditional Admission

  1. Applicants not meeting the above GPA requirements who have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in their baccalaureate studies may request consideration for conditional admission by writing a letter of appeal to the Dean of Nursing.
  2. In order to be removed from conditional admission, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade less than a B through the end of the second semester of enrollment.
  3. Conditionally admitted students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have earned a grade less than a B at the end of the second semester of enrollment will be dismissed from the program and will not be considered for re-admission

Admissions Decision Process

  1. The Office of Admissions will collect all application materials and ensure all required documents have been received.
  2. The Office of Admissions will submit completed applicant files to the Dean of Nursing for review.
  3. The Dean of Nursing will communicate an admissions decision to the Office of Admissions within 7-14 business days.
  4. The Office of Admissions will communicate the admissions decision along with next steps to the applicant.
  5. Due to the limited number of seats in the MSN programs, applicants who are offered admission must pay their new student deposit within 10 business days, otherwise their spot will be forfeited.

Order of Admissions
Admission is offered in the order that accepted students pay their intent to enroll deposit. If multiple applicants have the same payment date and there are not enough spots available in the program, the applicant with the highest GPA will be offered admission.

Master of Science in Nursing Prelicensure

Application Process
The process for applying for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Prelicensure program at Methodist College is as follows:
  1. Submit a completed graduate program application 
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions of education to the Registrar's Office.

Complete and email all documents to the Office of Admissions. All required materials must be received before students will be considered for admission.

Nursing CAS Application Process
Applicants can also submit applications through NursingCAS (www.nursingCAS.org).

  1. Individuals completing their applications through NursingCAS need to complete the application per the NursingCAS instructions.
  2. If updates or materials are sent to NursingCAS subsequent to the initial submission of the application, please email Methodist College Admissions.

Application Enrollment Periods
Standard graduate students' admissions begin in the fall semesters.

Admitted students may seek administrative approval to start on a part-time, space-available basis during spring and summer terms. This will not shorten the time to degree.

Program Capacity
There are limited spots available in the Master of Science in Nursing programs, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply and submit all official documents by our priority admission deadline: April 15. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spots in the program, applicants will be offered admission based on the criteria listed in the Order of Admissions section below.

Admission Requirements

  • To be accepted into the MSN Prelicensure program, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA at least 3.0/4.0 for all post-secondary coursework
  • Complete the required science prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester hours)
  2. Microbiology (4 semester hours)

To ensure the transferability of science prerequisites, please visit Transferology

Applicants will not be reviewed for admission until all admissions criteria are met. This also applies to applicants with science courses in progress.

Admissions Decision Process

  1. The Office of Admissions will collect all application materials and ensure all required documents have been received.
  2. The Office of Admissions will submit completed applicant files to the Dean of Nursing for review.
  3. The Dean of Nursing will communicate an admissions decision to the Office of Admissions within 7-14 business days.
  4. The Office of Admissions will communicate the admissions decision along with next steps to the applicant.
  5. Due to the limited number of seats in the MSN programs, applicants who are offered admission must pay their new student deposit within 10 business days, otherwise their spot will be forfeited. 

Order of Admissions
Admission will be offered to qualified applicants in chronological order based on the final date all admissions documents are received. If multiple applicants have the same submission date and there are not enough spots available in the program, the applicant with the highest GPA will be offered admission.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS, VISIT THE ACADEMIC CATALOG.