MSN Program

Admission to the MSN Program

The Two-Part Application Process

  1. Apply to The Graduate School
    • After completing the Graduate School application, download a screen shot of your application fee receipt and save it as a PDF file, then upload to NursingCAS (see below).
  2. Apply to NURSINGCAS
    • Submit all required documents to NursingCAS
    • Submit a personal statement and professional goals.
    • Provide a Resume/CV outlining education, relevant work experience, community service or volunteer activities, and leadership or professional engagement experience.
    • Provide two (2) professional recommendations that attest to the applicant's academic ability, professional competency, and personal character.
    • Provide official transcripts from all post-secondary schools where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.
    • Please DO NOT submit required documents within the JMU Graduate School application.
    • Applicants are responsible for ensuring all documents, including professional recommendations, have been submitted. The December 15, 2021 deadline applies to NP applicants.
    • All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications to NursingCAS at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline listed or the desired enrollment period, as it can take up to 4-6 weeks for NursingCAS to receive and verify applicant transcripts. Please do not wait on transcripts to be received by NursingCAS before submitting your application. This will help to ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner.

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program is Competitive.

Ideal candidates demonstrate academic excellence and can clearly articulate an understanding of the role for which they are applying. The admissions committee reviews each application and considers the potential success of the applicant in a graduate program that requires intellectual curiosity and critical thought.

To be considered for admission to the program prospective students must:

  • Apply to the Graduate School ( and NursingCAS.
  • Students applying for the Nurse Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will need to also apply and meet the Shenandoah University requirements.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in nursing or another field*, with a cumulative GPA of 2.8.(3.0 required for NP and Nurse Midwifery applicants)
  • Hold a current unrestricted Registered Nurse License.
  • Have relevant professional clinical experience (Applicants for the NP program need the equivalent of one full time year of patient care experience as a Registered Nurse prior to beginning the program).
  • Have taken undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics with a grade of C or higher.
  • Hold current CPR certification
  • Meet the School's technical standards for admission.
  • For international students, provide evidence of passing grade on CGFNS exam (both parts). Apply for VA RN license (TOEFL 570 required). (Contact program director for more information.)

After review of applications in NursingCAS, top candidates will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for NP applicants will be held on February 7 and 8, 2022.

For questions or additional information about the MSN Program, please contact Beth Johnson at 540-568-4143.

* A transcript analysis will be completed on all students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program and an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in another field to determine any gaps in meeting the Essentials of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During this transcript review, the plan of study may include up to 11 extra credits.

Application Deadline

Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis until the class fills for the CNL and Nurse Administrator concentrations. Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery applications are due on December 15, 2021 at 5pm (EST). Applications submitted after the December 15 deadline may be considered based on merit and availability in the program. Nurse Practitioner program applicant interviews will be held on February 7 and 8, 2022.

Admission Information for International Graduate Students

TOEFL Requirement

International students educated in a basic program where English is not the language of instruction must achieve at least a 570 score on the TOEFL (paper test), 230 (computer score) or 88 (internet-based test).

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts from outside of the United States must be evaluated prior to admission into the nursing program. You may request a credential Evaluation service application packet from the World Education Service (WES) from or call (212) 966-6311
When completing the application, you should request the full nursing education course-by-course report.

Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is a non-profit, internationally recognized leader in the education, registration, and licensure of healthcare professionals worldwide. CGFNS protects the public in relation to evolving healthcare policies and standards of professional practice for migrating healthcare professionals.

CGFNS was established as a non-profit, immigration neutral organization with a commitment to protect the public by ensuring that nurses educated in countries other than the United States are eligible and qualified to meet licensure and other practice requirements in the USA. Throughout its history, CGFNS has demonstrated its commitment to excellence and quality in healthcare arena and fostering equitable treatment of healthcare professionals.

For additional information about CGFNS Contact:

Phone: (215)349-8767
Fax: (215)349-0026
Mailing Address: P.O Box 8628, Philadelphia, PA 19104-8628 USA.