Online Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must be a resident of either Ohio, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin
  • If you are considering an online program that leads to a professional license in a state other than Ohio, we highly recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program.
  • Current unrestricted U.S. RN license

Prior to admission to the program, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Completion of the graduate application found here: https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply/
  • Payment of non-refundable application fee
  • Submission of all official college transcripts

In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential graduate nursing students must also supply or document the following:

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 calculated across all undergraduate transcripts
  • Professional Goals Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. A current list of approved states can also be found on our graduate nursing application information website: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/apply:
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years
  • An admission interview with faculty

Prior to clinical/practicum experiences, students must also provide proof of the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, TB screening, etc. as delineated in the current Graduate Nursing Student Handbook)
  • State and Federal background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Malpractice insurance