Apply: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) | Salem State University Skip to main content
Students working in the nursing lab.

Graduate Application Process

Title

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate Application Process

Required Materials

  • $50 non-refundable application fee  
  • Official transcript or transcript evaluation from all colleges or universities from which a degree was conferred.
    • Transcript should show Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an NLN or CCNE accredited nursing program. If you graduated from an RN to BSN program, you must also submit a transcript from your associate's degree nursing program. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in both programs in order to be eligible to apply to the MSN program. 
    • Experienced and licensed registered nurses who have a US bachelor's degree in another discipline are also eligible to apply.
    • Applicants with equivalent international credentials will be considered for admission. Please review information on degree equivalency procedures.
    • Transcripts should show undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Provide a transcript that shows completion of a basic statistics course with a grade of C or better. 
  • Three professional references that address your professional and/or academic experience. Please note references from co-workers or friends are not accepted.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years if required.
    • The GRE is only required for applicants who have a total combined undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • The GRE may be requested for further evaluation of an applicant. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
  • Professional goal statement, two to three pages in narrative format addressing the following.
    • Discussion of professional experience
    • Future professional nursing career goals
    • Future scholarship
    • Discussion of interest in the program track to which you are applying (Education, Leadership, or Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) 
  • Resume
  • Active Massachusetts RN license. You will enter your RN license number into the online application.

Additional Requirements

  • Interview with program faculty may be required.
  • One year of relevant clinical professional nursing experience is required prior to entering into any of the clinical courses in the three program tracks.  

Deadlines

  • We recommend you apply by November 1 for spring admission and May 1 for fall admission. Applications are reviewed once they are complete.
Back to top