MSN Admission Requirements

The nursing graduate program is open to a limited number of qualified applicants. Admission is determined on a competitive basis. The application deadline is March 15 for fall and September 15 for the spring semester.

Applications submitted after the due dates will be considered on a competitive basis until all openings are filled, but no later than December 1st for the Spring semester and August 1st for the Fall semester.

All applicants are required to complete both the University Graduate School Application (Online Version required) and the MSN Application and Validation of RN Licensure (required). Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements of the Marshall University Graduate College.

Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration track (MSN- NA), Nursing Education track (MSN- NE): Applications to the MSN-NA or MSN-NE program is on a rolling admission basis; however, to receive priority consideration all application materials must be received by September 15 for Spring semester and by February 15 for Fall Semester. Applications submitted after the due dates will be considered on a competitive basis until all openings are filled, but no later than December 1st for the Spring semester and August 1st for the Fall semester.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-FNP, MSN-PMHNP, MSN-MW) Family Nursing Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Midwifery.   Applications to the MSN-FNP, MSN-PMHNP, MSN-MW completed applications along with all supporting materials must be received by September 15 deadline for the Spring semester and by February 15 for the Fall semester to receive priority consideration for admission. It should be noted that the application process for these nursing tracks is competitive. Applications submitted after the due dates will be considered on a competitive basis until all openings are filled, but no later than December 1st for the Spring semester and August 1st for the Fall semester.

Admission Requirements

The nursing program is available to a limited number of qualified applicants. Admission is determined on a competitive basis. To be eligible for regular admission to the program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program. (Accredited program requirement is waived for students graduating from an international school of nursing.)
  2. Undergraduate course credit for 3 semester hours of basic statistics with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Undergraduate course credit for 3 semester hours of basic research with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Evidence of a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in a U.S. jurisdiction. Verification form is included in the MSN application package.
  5. Scholastic achievement as evidenced by an overall undergraduate/graduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.
  6. It is strongly recommended that all MSN students have two years of full-time nursing practice prior to application to the program. Those who do not meet this criterion will be considered on an individual basis.
  7. Midwifery and psychiatric mental health applicants must have an interview with Shenandoah University faculty prior to the application deadline.

Applications, fees, and transcripts must be submitted to

Admissions Officer
Marshall University Graduate College
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
1(800) 642-9842 / 1304-746-2500

Only those applications that are complete by the deadline will be processed and reviewed by the Graduate Academic Planning and Standards Committee. Students will be notified of the committee’s admission decision by the MU Graduate College and the School of Nursing. Admission records are only kept on file for one year. Students who are admitted but do not register for class will have their files deleted and must reapply for admission when they are ready to return.

For More Information, Contact

  • Graduate Admissions, 304-746-1900 or graduateadmissions@marshall.edu
  • Rebecca Appleton, Ph.D., MSN Program Director and Coordinator of MSN Nursing Education, 304-696-2628 or appleto1@marshall.edu
  • Diana Stotts, Ph.D., Coordinator of MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 304-696-2623 or stotts@marshall.edu
  • Nancy Elkins, Ed.D., Coordinator of MSN Nursing Administration, 304-696-2617 or elkinsn@marshall.edu