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Master of Science in Nursing

Admission Criteria

The distance mediated master's of science (MS(N)) program prepares graduates to fulfill and excel in advanced nursing practice roles requiring advanced skills in nursing education and/or leadership in delivery of health care to individuals, communities and populations.

Deadline for Summer entrance: April1


To be considered for admission to the Sinclair School of Nursing's master's degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A degree from a nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which may be waived for any student with a GPA of 3.3 higher (4.0 grading scale), based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course (ECP 7170 or STAT 7020).
  • A personal interview, upon request.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A personal statement of your professional goals and how this program will help you achieve them. 
  • List of Possible Clinical Preceptors/Internship Mentors.

International Student Admission for Nursing MS

  • All international admissions are initially the responsibility of the MU Coordinator of International Student Programs. The Student Admissions and Progression Committee of the School of Nursing may not act upon any international application for admission until the applicant has been cleared through the office.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants need documentation of English-language proficiency, demonstrated through a satisfactory Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score within the last two years.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 100 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 600 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 7 6 6 6 6
  • International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  • International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework. 

Admission Contact Information

Leslie McPeak 
S235 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211