Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN)

Admission to the Master of Science for Entry to the Profession of Nursing (MEPN) program is highly competitive and the following requirements are the minimum required to apply. The University of Arizona College of Nursing is committed to creating an academically challenging and supportive educational community of students with diverse talents, experiences, viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. The College is particularly interested in students who are highly motivated and demonstrate a distinguished level of scholarship, integrity, leadership and service to others. The College seeks students who are prepared to benefit from and contribute to a rigorous and diverse learning environment and contribute to a dynamic and culturally competent health-care workforce.

Program options are available in Phoenix and Tucson. You may choose Tucson only, Tucson preferred, Phoenix only or Phoenix preferred on your application. Location preference is assigned based on admission rank. Please only select the most appropriate choice of location for yourself.

Coursework and Schedule
The 15-month MEPN program is a full-time program with a highly demanding schedule. Students start coursework in May and end in August of the following year. It is strongly recommended to avoid working while in the program as the full-time, master's level coursework and clinical rotations often require more than 40 hours a week to complete.

MEPN Phoenix
Phoenix cohorts take courses at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus located at 7th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ, and participate in clinical work in the surrounding Phoenix-metro area. Students interested in the Phoenix option should attend an Application Workshop in Tucson: call (520) 626-3808 or email

MEPN Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of College of Nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better in each course.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA for prerequisite courses (40% of the admission score) required for admission eligibility.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 units completed (20% of the admission score) required for admission eligibility.

    • The last 60 units taken is based on the grades earned in your most recent 60 semester - equivalent units of college or graduate level coursework taken at regionally accredited institutions - excluding coursework taken as part of a professional degree (i.e.- JD, MD, DO, DDS, etc.)

    • To calculate, start with your most recent coursework and count backwards 60 units; if 60 units is in the middle of a semester, include the entire semester in which you reached 60 units.

    • Do not include courses taken as Pass/Fail; only include letter grades (A, B, C, D, E or F). If you took the same course multiple times within the last 60 units and did not do an official grade replacement, you must include all attempts. If an official grade replacement was completed, only include the most recent course and grade, and eliminate the previous attempt from the calculation. You must include ALL courses including failed courses and those not used toward a degree.

  • A conferred baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Complete the College of Nursing online application, including two personal statements (20% of the admission score) and disclosure questionnaire. 

    • Choose a location: Students may choose Tucson only, Tucson preferred, Phoenix preferred or Phoenix only on their College of Nursing application. Location is assigned based on admission rank and location preference.

  • Complete the Graduate College application for admission to the University of Arizona as a degree-seeking student. Admission information (deadlines, applications and instructions) are available via the Graduate College.

  • The top candidates for admission will be asked to complete an interview (20% of admission score).

No standardized entrance exams are needed for College of Nursing program admission or Graduate College admission.

Additional Application Steps:

  • Applicants should note that an interview is required of top applicants, one month after the application deadline. Interviews are conducted in-person in Tucson as well as online via video chat.
  • Scanned transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution attended must be uploaded to the initial Graduate College application. Later, upon recommendation for admission, by Nursing, official, sealed transcripts will be required. Do not send official transcripts to the College of Nursing or the Graduate College until requested. All transcripts should be mailed together in a single mailing. 

Application Deadline for MEPN

December 15: The College of Nursing application must be submitted by this date.

January 1: Up to two nursing prerequisite courses and the non-nursing bachelor’s degree may be in progress at the time of the Nursing application. The non-nursing bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses must be completed, posted on unofficial transcripts and uploaded to the Graduate College application by January 1. Students without in-progress courses or an in-progress degree are recommended to submit both applications on December 15.

Applicants failing to submit by the appropriate deadline or missing either application, will be considered ineligible for review or admission.

Application RequirementDue Date

College of Nursing Application

December 15
Graduate College Application
Unofficial transcripts showing completed grade for prerequisites in progress and conferral of a bachelors degree at time of application must be uploaded to the Graduate College Application by this deadline.
January 1

*Note: No more than two prerequisites may be in progress at time of application. All other prerequisites must be complete before December 15. 

Nursing prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application must be passed with a minimum of a ‘C’ grade or higher. If enrolled at the time of application, students must maintain both a last 60 unit and prerequisite GPA above 3.0 after completion of any in-progress coursework.

To apply: visit our Nursing Online Application System

For more information contact:

Office of Student Affairs
Location: College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 520-626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158

Accreditation and Affiliations 

The University of Arizona College of Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Western Institute of Nursing