Admissions & Application

Admissions Requirements

The College of Nursing strongly recommends that applicants first attend a College of Nursing Graduate Information Session before submitting their application.

Other Important Information related to the MS Program:

  • Applicants to the MS program, including Care Management, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics MS tracks, must provide evidence of completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university or college, and a nationally accredited nursing school from either
    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), or
    • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • Verification of licensure as an RN or APRN in at least one of the jurisdictions of National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Gerontology MS does not require an RN license nor a nursing background, but do require a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Consistent with University policy, students entering the MS must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students will follow the regular University of Utah Graduate School application processes and deadlines.
  • A personal interview may be required

Required Prerequisite Course

Prerequisite courses require a B grade or better and may be completed during the admission process. We strongly recommend that, when possible, applicants have their prerequisite courses completed before applying to the program, or while they are in the application process. It is not recommended that you wait until the summer semester before you begin the program, if you are admitted.

Upper Division Physiology

If you graduated with your BS degree program in nursing over 5 years ago (counted back from the start of your graduate program) then you are required to take an upper division level (3000 or higher) physiology course prior to starting the graduate program.

If you graduated from an RN-BS program and did not take an upper division level course in physiology or pathophysiology then you are required to take an upper division physiology course (e.g., NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology) prior to starting the graduate program.

Note: The College of Nursing offers an upper division level course, NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology (2 credits) to help applicants meet this requirement. NURS 5905 is an online course, offered Spring and Summer semesters, that provides a review of basic physiology of the major organ systems and an introduction to current advanced topics in physiology. Applicants who have not completed this prerequisite can apply to the graduate program while in the process of taking the prerequisite courses.

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), if applicable:

  • NOT required for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • REQUIRED for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.19 or lower; score cannot be in excess of five (5) years old

English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS only)

Evidence of English-language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants are required to submit results of either the Test of English Foreign Language or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission can be found at the University of Utah Office of International Admissions.


A complete application must be received by the deadline at 11:59 PM Mountain Time

  • Fall semester deadline is January 15
  • NOTE: Applications are only reviewed once per year immediately following the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following application cycle. Currently, applications for Fall 2017 are closed and any submitted application between January 16, 2017 and January 15, 2018 will be considered for Fall 2018. Applicants are notified of our decision in March/April 2018.

The application portal is available approximately 90 days prior to each deadline.

Completed Application Includes

  • Submitted application through the University of Utah Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Non-refundable application fee of $55 / $65 for international applicants
  • Resume/CV
  • Goal Statement/Statement of Intent
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions including University of Utah, concurrent enrollment, correspondence, and study abroad courses. Notation of accepted transfer credit does not replace the need for an unofficial transcript from the university from where credits were transferred.
  • Three letters of recommendation - recommendations are submitted through the online application system. Please have email addresses ready when completing the recommendation request.
  • Applications will only be reviewed if they are complete (including the minimum three letters of recommendations) by the deadline and meet all eligibility requirements listed on the website.

International Applicants

International applicants are not eligible to register for non-matriculated status at the University of Utah. Therefore, if recommended for acceptance to the program, international applicants would need to apply for second-bachelor degree status through the University of Utah International Admissions Office and meet the International Undergraduate Admission Requirements.

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must provide evidence of certification by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

2017 MS & DNP Application Closed

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Phone: 801-587-3194

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Graduate Applications due: January 15


Program Manager
Shelley Kern
Phone: 801-585-0878

Care Management Specialty Track Director
Brenda Luther, PhD

Nursing Education Specialty Track Director
Rebecca Wilson, PhD, MEd

Nursing Informatics Specialty Track Director
Heather Sobko, PhD

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