MSN and Post-Baccalaureate DNP Programs

Admission Requirements

To be considered for an Advanced Clinical Pathway MSN or a BSN-DNP, or a Systems, Populations & Leadership MSN program, applicants must have:
  • Earned a BS in nursing or are in the process of completing a BS in nursing from a CCNE, AACN, or NLN accredited institution. Note: Successful completion of the BS in nursing must occur prior to the desired term of admission.

  • Minimum B average in all undergraduate coursework (this includes all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements for a BS in nursing; an overall B average is usually equivalent to a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). 

The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not require work experience as an RN to apply or be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

Please see application deadlines for dates and details.

Application Details

To be considered for admission, all prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application.
Nursing CAS requires the following sections:
Personal Information Section
Academic History Section
  • Enter full coursework history from all institutions attended. 
  • Send official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework. Transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to process. 
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework (including post-secondary institutions where credit was granted through completion of a course during high school) are required for admission consideration.
    • You are required to enter all course completed at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. This includes courses where credit was granted through completion of a course in high school (such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate), courses where credit was granted through the completion of a placement exam (CLEP or departmental exam) and courses completed at a community college or during summer terms. 
    • The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly. Applicants applying to a graduate program are not required to submit high school transcripts for admission consideration. 
    • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts please contact NursingCAS directly: Contact PageCurrent or previous University of Michigan students are required to request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar
    • Applicants are not required to submit any coursework taken at any schools or colleges outside of the U.S. or Canada. 
    • International applicants: Please read the International Applicant Additional Requirements section for special transcript requirements. 
Supporting Materials 
  • Experiences
  • Release Statement
Program Materials Section
  • Personal Statement 
    • Provide a comprehensive answer to the following question: What are your professional and educational goals as they relate to the graduate program to which you are applying? (700 words maximum). The statement should clearly state your rationale for pursuing the program to which you are applying. It is most effective when you have researched the program and can communicate an understanding of the scope of practice. You should elaborate on how the program you are applying to best fits your professional and educational goals.
  • References
    • Required for admission consideration are three recommendations from individuals who can comment on your potential success as a graduate student and as an advanced practice nurse in the area for which you are applying. It is recommended that references have a Masters level Nursing degree or higher.
    • Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS application. 
    • Hard copy or electronic versions of recommendations sent directly to the school will not be accepted.
  • Resume
    • The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires the submission of a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application.
    • The School of nursing does not require specific work experience prior to applying for a program. 
    • Your resume should be professionally written, well-formatted, and easily readable
    • Highlight relevant educational and professional experiences, including volunteering, professional associations, leadership, research, and job shadowing.
All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.

GRE Guidelines

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required only if your cumulative final BS in nursing grade point average (GPA) is between 3.0 - 3.249 (on a 4.0 scale; U.S. equivalency). The GRE is waived for applicants that have a final cumulative BSN GPA of a 3.25 of higher.
The minimum recommended GRE scores for admission consideration are: verbal - 150 (45%), quantitative - 151 (44%), analytical - 3.73 (50%). Official GRE score reports must be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (GRE code: 1839).

International Student Additional Requirements

  • Transcript
All international applicants must submit an official foreign transcript evaluation directly to NursingCAS at the following address:
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
  • Transcript Evaluation
All foreign institutions attended require course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Services, Inc or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. If an applicant receives an offer of admission, we then require official transcripts from the original institution to be sent to the School of Nursing. For additional information, please refer to the NursingCAS FAQs section titled Foreign Transcripts/Coursework.
  • English Proficiency Exam
International students must submit official English proficiency exam scores to the University of Michigan (school code: 1839) from theTOEFL or IELTS no later than the application deadline to be considered for admission. For details, see the Entrance Exams
  • Visa and Documentation

International students who are admitted to the program will receive information about I-20's, F-1 or J-1 visas, and submitting financial documentation in their email offer of admission. The University of Michigan requires evidence of full financial support before they will issue the documentation necessary for admitted students to apply for an International Travel visa. Therefore, prospective international students should carefully investigate financial aid opportunities during the application process. For more information on obtaining a visa and other details specific to international students, visit the International Center.


Application Fee

The application fee is $65.00, payable through NursingCAS. Application fee waivers are not available.

Admissions interview

All completed applications will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be offered an admissions interview with faculty. All interviews will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The purpose of the interview is to further assess each applicant's fit for the program to which they applied and evaluate their understanding of the scope of practice. Applicants selected for an admissions interview will be notified via email by the Admissions Committee.

Admitted Students

If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 within three weeks of your decision date to matriculate and reserve a seat in the class. We will only accept online payment for the enrollment deposit. The deposit will be applied towards your first term tuition. Matriculated students must also complete compliance requirements before enrollment, and are required to attend the school’s new student orientation.
In addition, an approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course is a requirement for the masters core courses at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. If you apply and are offered admission, the statistics requirement may be completed prior to or during your first term of enrollment as a part of your regular program plan. Refer to the FAQs for more information about the statistics requirement.

Can I Visit the School of Nursing?

Please do! Information sessions are offered routinely at the School of Nursing.

Contact Information

Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team with any questions at or
U-M School of Nursing
426 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003