Admission Requirements

The program will be governed by policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree, normally in nursing.
  • Have a minimum overall average of B+ (76%) standing in third-and fourth-year levels of their baccalaureate with an A- (80%) in 12 credits of nursing courses.
  • Demonstrate competence to pursue studies in the English language.1
  • Applicants to the research stream require successful completion of an undergraduate university or graduate university statistics course in the past 5 years as pre-requisite, or approval of the School of Nursing Graduate Coordinator.

1Completion of a Test of English as a Foreign Language 4 (TOEFL4) with a minimum score of 600 or International English Language Testing (IELTS) with a minimum score range of 6.5 – 7.0.


In addition to meeting minimum admission criteria, applicants will be evaluated in relation to:

  • Record of academic and professional achievement.
  • Three (3) letters of reference.
  • Quality and demonstrated written competency in letter of intent.

College of Graduate Studies English Language Proficiency Requirement Minima

Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the College of Graduate Studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Note: Graduate programs, such as the MSN, may (and have) set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed by the College of Graduate Studies. For MSN required English language proficiency scores, please refer to the top of this page.

Page last updated: May 5, 2017

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