Nursing Programs – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the prerequisites for entering an MS in Nursing program?
The majority of MS in Nursing programs require an applicant to be a registered nurse and to possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some schools have programs designed to allow students with an associate’s degree in nursing or with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to move into an MS of Nursing program by completing certain required undergraduate courses at the institution. All schools have a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement. The exact minimum GPA mandated varies from school to school, so you should research the specific requirements of the programs that most interest you.
Do I have to take the GRE or other admissions test in order to apply to an MS in Nursing program?
Most nursing programs do not require the GRE, though some recommend the GRE or require conditionally admitted students to take the GRE. Most programs will require a statement of purpose, a copy of your current RN license and letters of recommendation.
Can I still work while completing my degree?
Yes. Nearly all of the colleges offering an online MS in Nursing have programs for part-time students.
How much does an MS in Nursing program cost? Is there financial aid available?
Costs vary greatly according to the program; additionally, some programs have slightly different tuition rates depending upon a student’s specialization. Students in accredited master’s programs are eligible to apply for student loans through the Department of Education by submitting a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
While this varies greatly by school, many programs allow working students to graduate in two years.
Will my diploma indicate that I completed my degree online?
No, not usually. Most schools issue the same diploma to online students that they do to students who completed their coursework on campus.
What can I do with an MS in Nursing?
An MS in Nursing can be a first step towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Nurses with MSNs also work in management and education positions.