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The College of Nursing graduate programs admits students once a year for a fall semester start. Applications are reviewed by both the University of Utah Office of Graduate Admissions and the College of Nursing. Successful applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for, and be accepted by, both the graduate school and the College of Nursing.

Applicants should note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the MS program. Applicants are evaluated with respect to university and departmental requirements and with respect to the pool of available applicants.

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

Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for the MS program:

  • Applicants for the Gerontology MS do not need any nursing background. The Gerontology MS is an interdisciplinary, academic degree. Students in all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants for the Nursing MS degree must be licensed to practice as a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse.
  • Completed application for graduate admission. Apply HERE
  • Transcripts from ANY and ALL colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, must be uploaded as part of the graduate application
  • Evidence of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university or college, or a nationally-accredited nursing school from either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)”, or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Professional goal statement

International applicant requirements

Admission Timeline

Complete application due. February 1
All applicants will receive email notification whether their application is moving forward to the interview. Mid-January to Mid-February
Interviews with the Specialty Track Admission Committee. Mid-February
Applicants will receive email notification of the final admission decision. March
Applicant decisions due to the College of Nursing. April 15

Prerequisite Course Requirement for Nursing Education

Applicants for the Nursing Education specialty track who have not taken an upper-division physiology/pathophysiology course within the past 5 years may consider enrolling in NURS 5905 as a refresher. Note: This is no longer a requirement and will not impact admission in any way. 

Contact Us

Program Manager
Kristen Mahoney

Office of Student Services
Phone: (801) 587-3194

Questions for a graduate advisor?