Master of Science in Nursing


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The online MS in Nursing program offers two tracks across three curricular pathways:

  • An ADN track for students who hold an associate degree in nursing.
  • A BSN track for students who hold a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Our application process is the same for both tracks, but the ADN track includes three additional courses to address material typically covered in a BSN undergraduate program.

Nursing Education and Global Nursing Leadership track admission is temporarily suspended through Spring 2022.

ADN to MS Pathway Availability

ADN track admission is temporarily suspended through Fall 2021.

BSN to MS Pathway Availability

The Clinical Systems Leadership pathway is available to domestic and international applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or equivalent degree.

Admission Requirements

A current RN license in the state or country where you now practice with no restriction, encumbrance, or probationary limitations imposed by the applicable Board of Nursing, Council of Nursing, or any judicial entity associated with yourself, your license or your practice. The RN license must be current upon application and throughout the program. RN licenses that expire before classes begin must be updated before starting the program.

To get started in the online MS program, you'll need to have passed a 3-credit, college-level statistics course in the last 5 years. If you haven't, you'll add one to the start of your program. One option is our online NURS 629 course, Statistical Inference for Evidence-based Practice. If you do need to take a statistics course, ask us about all your options when you talk with one of our enrollment counselors.

All domestic applicants must have an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Find out if your institution is regionally accredited here.

All international applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited educational institution such as the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, Higher Education Affairs, or a national accrediting body for nursing programs. Degree must be a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

A 3.0 or higher GPA (based on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent, for your associate or bachelor’s degree based on one of the following:

  • The last 30 credits of your associate program (ADN-MS track)
  • The last 60 credits of your bachelor's program (BSN-MS track)

Both domestic and international applicants should have the equivalent of one full year of full-time (approximately 1900 hours) RN work experience within the last five years.

RN work experience is defined as employment in a role that specifically requires a registered nurse. Nursing practice may be in clinical practice such as clinical nurse in acute care, ambulatory care, home health, case manager for an insurance company, clinic, or home health nurse; or in nursing administration, education, research, or consultation.

Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Visit the International Applicants page for additional information on this requirement, including exemption details and testing procedures.

  • Current RN license (a photocopy, screenshot, or PDF).
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (official transcripts will only be required if your application is recommended for review).*
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed Work Verification Worksheet
  • 2 recommendations 

*If you completed your initial nursing degree outside of the United States, the College of Nursing requires a transcript evaluation. Additionally, transcripts in a language other than English must be translated into English with GPA equivalencies. Transcripts will be reviewed for equivalency to either ADN or BSN programs based on U.S. standards for nursing programs. Frequently used transcript evaluation organizations are CGFNS, WES or similar services.

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Nursing Education and Global Nursing Leadership track admission is temporarily suspended through Spring 2022.

Please review the information provided above to confirm admissions requirements and materials you will need.

When you are ready to apply, you can do so through the University of Arizona's GradApp site. You will be prompted to create a login account and complete your GradApp profile.  Once you have completed your profile, please do the following:

  1. Click Apply Now below and either enter your UANetID or create a new account.
  2. For "Campus" select "Arizona Online"
  3. For "Program Category" select "Degree Seeking"
  4. At the "Program of Study" prompt, select "Nursing (MS) - Clinical Systems Leadership (ADN Admission)" or "Nursing (MS) - Clinical Systems Leadership (BSN Admission)"
  5. Follow the selections and prompts provided by GradApp

New for Spring 2021 applicants: If you are applying for the Spring 2021 semester and beyond, please review the updates instructions below to apply.

  1. Apply through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs.
  2. Send official transcripts from all institutions attended to NursingCAS. Instructions can be found here.
  3. After applying via NursingCAS, use the UA Graduate College's GradApp to complete an admissions application. This is where you will be asked to report your CAS ID from the previous steps.

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