Post-Master's Admissions

Application Deadlines

Autumn 2021: Closed
Autumn 2022: Opens early August 2021  |  Deadline: October 31, 2021


To be eligible for admission to our post-master’s study option you must have:

  • Completed a master’s in nursing
    A student’s degree must be from a master’s program at an institution accredited through the CCNE. Students may apply to this option while their first master’s degree is still in progress, but must receive that degree prior to beginning enrollment in the program.
  • Active RN license
    Students must have an active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where they practice. Students may apply before receiving their RN license, but must be in possession of a current, unencumbered RN license by August 1.
  • Advanced practice certification or equivalent coursework
    Eligible students will have certification as an advanced practice nurse or will have completed graduate-level courses specifically in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and advanced health assessment. Students may apply to the Post-Master’s Study option before receiving their master’s degree, certification, or while these courses are still in-progress, so long as their qualification is met prior to beginning enrollment in the Post-Master’s program.

Students that do not meet these requirements and did not receive a MS in nursing from Ohio State may still pursue advanced nursing certification through the Traditional Master of Science program.


Application Process

To apply for the Post-Master’s study option students must complete the following prior to the application deadline:

1. Complete graduate non-degree application online

You can complete a Graduate Non-Degree application online at The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website. If you are applying to the Adult Gerontology Acute Care or Adult Gerontology Primary Care specialties, you must submit an application for the summer term. All other specialties should submit an application for the autumn term. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

You will need to send proof of degree to the university’s Graduate Admissions Office as part of the Graduate Non-Degree application and separate from the other material provided. After this, the Graduate School will send a letter notifying applicants of their admission status to the Graduate Non-Degree program. Admission to the Graduate Non-Degree program does not guarantee admission to the College of Nursing’s Post-Master’s program.

Students that currently or have previously attend The Ohio State University’s Graduate School do not need to complete this step.

2. Complete a post-master's application and disclosure form

The Post-Master's Application and Disclosure Form can be completed in either of following formats and then submitted directly to the College of Nursing via email at

3. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted. Copies of Official Transcripts should be sent directly to the College of Nursing via email at

4. Current resume or curriculum vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should be in a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You should include your previous education, professional experiences, community service, volunteer activities and leadership experiences on your resume or CV. This document should be sent directly to the College of Nursing via email at

5. Purpose and goals statement

The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself, to express your interests your selected advanced practice specialty, and to demonstrate your writing skills. Consideration is given to the prospective contributions of your experiences and attributes toward your goals in your selected specialty. Here are some recommended questions to consider and to address when composing your statement:

  • What specifically are your academic and career goals?
  • How did you decide to seek graduate education in this specialty area?
  • How do your personal attributes and life experiences relate to your potential as an advanced practice nurse in your selected specialty?
  • How do you see yourself as a leader and advocate for patients in your future practice setting?

Your statement should not exceed three pages and use a standard format of single-spaced, 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Your purpose and goals statement should be sent directly to the College of Nursing via email at

6. Recorded online video interview

You are required to complete a recorded online video interview through an online portal called HireVue. You will answer four brief questions and your responses will be recorded. This interview can be completed at any time during the application window. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted your application. Please note: you must complete the online recorded online video interview before the application deadline. Further details, instructions, and links to the online portal can be found here.

7. Two letters of recommendation

It is suggested that at least one of your letters of recommendation come from an academic source from your Master of Science program. Supervisors are also a good source for recommendations. We suggest providing your recommenders with information on the degree and specialty to which you are applying and with a copy of your purpose and goals statement. Ask that they address your potential for success in a rigorous graduate program and what attributes and experiences they feel will allow you to excel as an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty. You may send your letters of recommendation directly to the College of Nursing via email at

8. Send a proof of certification

If you currently hold a certification as an advanced practice nurse, proof of that certification must be submitted as part of this application process. This document should be sent directly to the College of Nursing via email at

Applicants can check the completion status of their College of Nursing Post-Master’s application by contacting the College of Nursing. For more information, e-mail


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline.

After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. The post-master's program does have a competitive application and selection process. If you applied for Fall 2021, you can view the admissions timeline hereDecisions will likely be released in early Spring.

You are not able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices.

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.