Graduate Entry Admissions

The Graduate Entry option provides an opportunity for students with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing to earn a Master of Science in nursing....

  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major
    Applicants who are registered nurses (RN) with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field would need to apply to our Traditional MS program...

  • **GRE scores, taken within the past five years, will only be required for applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

    1) Applicant has a total combined undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or,
    2) Applicant has a total combined graduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or,
    3) Applicant has previous coursework completed at an unaccredited college or university; or,
    4) Applicant is interested in being considered for nomination in the Graduate School's University Fellowship competition.

    Note: The Graduate School may require a GRE score from any applicant to further evaluate their application. GRE scores in the 50th percentile are considered competitive.

  • If an applicant has attended more then one university, all GPAs will be combined. Official GPAs are calculated by the university's Graduate Admissions Office.  This cannot occur until after an applicant has officially applied and all transcripts have been received and processed. 
     (The average grade point average of applicants who are admitted to the program is above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.)
  • Completion of five prerequisite courses: human anatomy, human physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, and human nutrition.
    •   Prerequisites must be completed prior to the initial Summer Session of admission.  
      • We strongly encourage you to finish these prerequisites (human anatomy, human physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, and human nutrition) by the end of Spring term.
  • Completion of a Nurse Assistant, STNA, or PCA course, or approval of experience equivalent to a Nurse Assistant course prior to starting the program - for additional information please see the MS GE Prerequisites page.


Admissions Deadline Information

Summer (only)               October 12

Applications and all supporting application materials (including reference letters, transcripts, and supplemental application components) must be received, by the College of Nursing and/or Graduate Admissions Office, by the deadline.

We strongly encourage you to verify completion of your application at least 5 business days prior to the deadline.  In addition, application should be made, GREs taken, and transcripts sent, by the end of September!

Transcripts may take up to 5 business days to post as completed.  GRE scores may take up to 10 business days to electronically post as completed. Please plan accordingly! These items must be posted as completed.

Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline stated above, regardless of the reason, may result in your application being removed from consideration.  Remember: someone’s assurance that a transcript or letter has been sent, does not means that it has been received/processed.


Application Process

Insider Tips to Graduate Program Applicants

The following materials are required:

  • Graduate School application (Apply online at PLEASE NOTE: Due to a system upgrade, the online application will be available on or after July 15th.

Use the All Other Graduate Programs to access the SUMMER 2015 application.

The requested term of Admissions is SUMMER (not Autumn).   Please make sure that you choose SUMMER from the drop down list when completing the application. 

Do NOT select or submit the SOPHAS application.


You are encouraged to upload all supplemental materials with your online application.
Materials cannot be uploaded after the online application is submitted.  Such materials should be emailed as a scanned .pdf or MS Word attachment to

Those previously enrolled in The Ohio State University’s Graduate School, in a degree granting program, for any length of time, will need to complete a Transfer Form in lieu of the online application and submit other materials to
  • Disclosure of Convictions and/or Disciplinary Actions Form
    This form is now included as part of the supplemental application listed below...
  • Current resume/curriculum vita
  • Purpose and goals statement, including a narrative discussion of professional experience, future scholarly endeavors, and career trajectory
    • This statement should not exceed 3 single-spaced pages. The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to address each of the questions listed below, and also to demonstrate your writing skills. Consideration will be given to both the quality of your writing sample and the congruence between your stated goals and the masters program.
      •   What specifically are your academic and career goals?
      •   What are your motivations for seeking advanced education in your designated specialty area?
      •    How did you come to your decision to seek graduate education in this specialty area?
      •    What are your primary personal attributes and what is the relationship of these attributes to your potential as a masters-prepared nurse and/ or advanced practice nurse?
  • GRE General Test scores, if required  - See previous section above for further explanation regarding requirements


  • Three (or more) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic ability, work experience, contributions to nursing, and potential to succeed in the program. 
    Recommendations should be requested from professors who are able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study.  They should not be requested from a non-academic person unless you have extensive work experience with that individual and/or you have been away from academic institutions for some time.
    • Recommendations should be submitted electronically.  
      • Those completing the online application will automatically have this functionality.  You will request recommendations and your references will be able to submit them electronically


  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for international applicants from a non-English speaking country.


  • Transcripts from all previous universities attended. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school

Electronic versions of transcripts can be sent to

 Hard copies of transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

For those who applied using the online applications, all transcripts need to be sent to The Ohio State University’s Graduate Admissions Office only . No additional copies need to be sent to the College of Nursing.  
Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate Admissions Office at (614) 292-9444 or to the email stated above.
  Please note that ALL transcripts must be received, even if the coursework appears as transfer credit on another transcript.

We encourage you you to upload ALL application materials with your online application.


Those applying via the Graduate School "Transfer form" should continue to send transcripts and all other materials to the College of Nursing, using the information below.

        Email as scanned .pdf or MS Word attachment to:

 Application Status

Most applicants can check their application completion status through the Application Status website at:

Your username and password are the same as those which you used to apply.
If you have difficulty logging in, go to or email .

Only former OSU graduate students, applying through a "transfer of program" form (via the Graduate School), need to contact the College of Nursing to check application completion status.

All applicants are expected to keep track of their completion status...


Application decisions
Applicants will be notified of admission status by February 1. 


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