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MSN Admission

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

The applicant meets both the Southeast Missouri State University graduate school and Department of Nursing pre-requisites for admission to the MSN program of study.

  • A baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A current license as a registered professional nurse (RN) that allows for practice within the state of Missouri.
  • A course in health assessment or demonstrated proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history with a grade “B” or higher.
  • An introductory course in statistics (graduate or undergraduate) with a grade “B” or higher.
  • Current CPR (professional level) certification.
  • Statement of Academic Goals and Objectives for graduate study/advanced practice.
  • Clinical experience as a registered nurse prior to admission is strongly recommended, but not required.
  • Continuation into the family nurse practitioner specialty courses (NS638 and NS637) requires grades of "B" or better in NS625, NS636, NS628, and NS627 and seat availability.

Provisional Admission

The applicant who does not meet all of the program pre-requisites may be granted provisional admission. Normally, provisional admission will be granted for one semester only, so the applicant may meet regular admission criteria.

Probationary Admission

The applicant who does not meet the G.P.A. requirement may be granted probationary admission. When the G.P.A. is below 3.25 but is between a 2.90 and 3.24 and the applicant has achieved a G.P.A. of 3.25 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the Graduate Program Committee may grant probationary admission stipulated upon the successful completion of the first nine hours of course work applicable to the program with a grade of “B” or higher for each credit hour. Students not meeting the course work grade requirement are subject to dismissal.

Grad School Application
MSN Program Application
Procedure for Admission

Admission Procedure

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Southeast Missouri State University Graduate Studies.
  2. Request official transcripts of ALL completed academic work be sent to the Graduate Office (transcripts from Southeast will be requested by the Graduate Office).
  3. Complete the Master of Science in nursing application. Submit the completed application and evidence of the following to the Department of Nursing:
    • Current licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN) that allows for practice within the state of Missouri.
    • Current CPR certification
    • An introductory course in statistics (a transcript)
    • Client assessment skills as demonstrated by transcript or verification by Department of Nursing
  4. Send a written statement of academic goals and objectives to:
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Nursing
    Southeast Missouri State University
    One University Plaza MS8300
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    Instructions for writing this statement can be found here: Statement of Goals/Objectives Instructions
  5. Contact Josh Naeger, Secretary in Nursing at (573) 986-6413 or email for any additional information. 
  6. Applications will be evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Nursing.
  7. Applicants will receive written notice of the Graduate Program Committee’s decision.

Note: Applicants who are denied admission will have the opportunity to appeal to the Department of Nursing Graduate Program Committee.


Crisp Hall 107
Department of Nursing
One University Plaza, MS 8300
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701