Admission Requirements & Statistics

The Master of Nursing is a full-time, day-school program located on the Twin Cities campus. It provides an excellent foundation for either the PhD with a major in nursing or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the School of Nursing.

Questions to consider before applying to the Master of Nursing (MN) program:

  • Have I done enough research to ensure this is the right career path?
  • Am I willing and able to participate in an intensive, full-time, 16 month program? Note: we strongly discourage working during the program.
  • Do I have the resources (time, finances) to complete all of the prerequisite courses?
  • Will I have enough prerequisites courses complete by the application deadline to qualify for admission? 


Applicants to the MN program must meet five requirements:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field

    Your degree must be complete by the end of the spring term prior to the fall start term (e.g. beginning of June 2015 for September 2015 start). Persons with an Associates RN degree are not eligible to apply to the MN program, even if they have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field.

  2. Have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0

    At the time of application, applicants must have a minimum degree GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) from the most recently obtained bachelor’s, master’s, or terminal degree at the time of application.

  3. Complete at least 5 of the 9 prerequisite courses by the November 1 application deadline

    If offered admission, the remaining courses must be completed prior to starting the program in the fall.

  4. Submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, if applicable

    A competitive applicant will typically score in the 50th percentile or higher. The GRE must be taken within five years of the time of entry into the program. Applicants who have completed a graduate or terminal degree by the application deadline do not need to complete the GRE.

  5. Demonstrate English language proficiency, if applicable.

    If English is not your native language, you are required to submit TOEFL scores. A score of at least 587 (written), 240 computerized, or 95 (IBT) is required. Scores must be no more than two years old. You are exempt from taking the test if, within the past 24 months, you have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning the United States.

Admissions statistics

This information is an admissions profile for the students who entered the Master of Nursing program in fall 2019.

Acceptance rate

239 total applications
91 interviewed 
61 admitted and enrolled

2018 enrolled students

Average cumulative GPA: 3.56
Average prerequisite GPA: 3.67
79% women, 21% men, 0% unreported 
20% persons of color

Average GRE score of enrolled students

Verbal: 156
Quantitative: 153
Analytical Writing: 4