Mount Saint Mary College offers two master of science in
- Adult Health (Adult Nurse Practitioner) and,
- Family Health (Family Nurse Practitioner).
Students may enter the master of science in nursing program at
the beginning of the fall, spring or summer
terms. Applications may be submitted at any time but should be
on file at least six weeks before the beginning of the desired
entry date. Applications are valid for one year from the date
received. Students who do not register in the term for which
they are accepted may apply in writing for admission within the
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN or a CCNE
accredited program with an undergraduate Grade Point Average of
2.75 (on a 0‑4 scale). If graduate study is presented as the basis
for admission, a GPA of 3.0 or above is required.
- A valid New York State R.N. license and current
- Health insurance and malpractice/liability insurance with a
current identification number and expiration date.
- Evidence of personal and professional qualifications, and
potential for graduate study from at least three professional
references:one from the applicant's undergraduate program (faculty
or director) if possible; one from a current, immediate work
supervisor; one from a previous work supervisor.
- One year of experience as a registered nurse in clinical
nursing practice is preferred.
- An onsite writing sample.
- Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in elementary
statistics, principles of nursing research, and physical
- Computer literacy as demonstrated by one of the
following: a.) successful completion of the
undergraduate course CIT 1050 (Microcomputer Applications I) or
higher level course computer science course; it cannot count toward
graduate requirements; b.) approved transfer credit from other
post‑secondary educational institutions; c.) approved computer
courses in secondary school, business school or adult education
that are deemed sufficient to satisfy the
requirement; d.) demonstration of computer literacy
through a proficiency test administered by the Division of
Mathematics and Information Technology. The test consists of four
parts: essential terminology, word processing, disk management
techniques, and either desktop publishing or database/spread sheet
concepts. A passing score of 70 or higher is required.
- A personal statement (essay) that reveals evidence of good
communication and writing skills, and ability to identify career
goals that are consistent with the purposes of the MS in Nursing
- For international applicants whose native language is other
than English, a minimum score of 550 on TOEFL (Test of English as a
Foreign Language). Information and application forms are
available from: TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Services, Box
966, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
- A completed health form verifying current
immunizations/vaccinations as specified on the form, and freedom
from health impairments that interfere with the performance of
nursing responsibilities. After admission to the program, this will
be an annual requirement.
- An interview with chair of the School of Nursing and/or
graduate program coordinator.
Applicants for admission must submit the following:
- A completed application form and a non‑refundable application
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended,
undergraduate and graduate; student copies are not acceptable.
- Photocopy of New York State RN license/registration and
malpractice insurance identification. Students must carry $1
million/$3 million coverage.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Personal statement (essay) of interest, qualifications and
- Official TOEFL score report, if applicable.
- Completed health form.
- Verification of health insurance.
Upon receipt of all documents, the applicant will be notified
and instructed to arrange an appointment for an interview with the
chair of the School of Nursing and/or the graduate program
A minimum of 24-27 credits of the 42-45 required must be taken
at Mount Saint Mary College. A student may request transfer of
up to 18 semester hours from another accredited graduate school
provided each specific course is approved for transfer by the
School of Nursing. The course content must be comparable to a
required course in the M.S. in nursing curriculum, must have been
taken within five years of matriculation at Mount Saint Mary
College, and must have been completed with a grade of "B" or
better. Students requesting acceptance of transfer credit must
submit official transcripts and complete course descriptions for
review and approval by the School of Nursing.