M.S.N. Admission

Application Requirements

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires acceptance to SU for graduate study, as well as acceptance into the M.S.N. program. Applicants must have a B.S.N. or B.S. in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Admission to the program requires applicants to complete an Application for Graduate Admission at Salisbury University – visit the Graduate Studies Office for details – and the following program-specific requirements:

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 500-1,000-word statement describing academic and professional goals
  • Two academic or professional references/letters of recommendation 

All applicants will be interviewed by the graduate program director or members of the Graduate Program Committee. Clinical experience is not required, but students are encouraged to work in professional nursing roles during summers and semester breaks.

After acceptance into the nursing program and prior to beginning any courses, students must:

  • Meet all School of Nursing health requirements.
  • Provide evidence of current CPR certification and evidence of current RN license in Maryland or state where you are practicing.
  • Provide a 2-by-2-inch passport photo for your permanent department file.

International Students

In addition to the program-specific requirements above, international students should refer to the instructions for Application for International Students.

Foreign transcripts must be submitted in their original version, in English, with a GPA listed on a 4.0 scale and with credits comparable to SU credits. Otherwise, a professional course-by-course evaluation of all foreign academic transcripts is required. This professional evaluation will determine your academic level within the American system of education. The prospective student will be required to pay the cost associated with obtaining the evaluation (with the cost determined by agency). The following credential services have been approved by Salisbury University:

Salisbury University does not necessarily endorse WES or ECE.  Obtaining an external evaluation service does not guarantee acceptance or awarding of credit by Salisbury. However, it has been the experience of the Office of Admissions that the university generally honors the assessment of credit to be awarded by these services.

  • An official score report of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. This report must be sent directly to International Admissions Office from the Testing Service – SU’s Institutional Code is 5403 for TOEFL. SU accepts the following scores to establish English language proficiency:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): SCORE: 213 Computer Based Test (CBT); 550 Paper Based Test (PBT); 79 internet Based Test (iBT) - TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since you last took the TOEFL test, you must take it again to have scores reported. For more information, visit TOEFL.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): SCORE: 6.5 - For more information, visit IELTS.