Traditional MS Admissions


To be eligible for admission to the Traditional Master of Science, Nursing you must have:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree
    Students may have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a bachelor’s degree in another area if they are also a licensed RN. A student’s degree must be from an accredited bachelor's program. Students may apply to the Traditional Master of Science, Nursing while their bachelor’s degree is still in progress, but must receive the degree prior to beginning enrollment in the master’s program.
  • Active RN license through an accredited RN education program
    Students must have an active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. and must have received that license through a degree program at an institution accredited through the CCNEACEN, or CNEA. Students may apply before receiving their RN license, but must be in possession of a current, unencumbered RN license by August 1.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    Students with cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still be admitted to the program, but must submit GRE scores for their applications to be considered.


Application Process

To apply for the Traditional Master of Science, Nursing program students must complete the following prior to the application deadline of October 31:

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online at Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions office website. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. 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.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

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

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444 or to

3. Current resume or Curriculum Vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae should use a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

4. Purpose and Goals Statement

The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself, to express your interests in the nursing field, 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 attributes and life experiences relate to your potential as a master’s degree prepared nurse and/or advanced practice nurse?
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. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

5. Online Interview

You are required to complete and interview through an online portal called HireVue, during which you will be recorded answering a brief selection of questions regarding your interests in the field of nursing and the Traditional Master of Science, Nursing program. This interview can be recorded at any time. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted an application. Further details, instructions, and links to the online portal can be found here.

6. Three Letters of Recommendation

During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of 3 recommenders. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to your recommenders with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that your recommenders have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should not be mailed and you may not personally submit letters of recommendation.

It is suggested that at least two of the three letters of recommendation come from academic sources. Supervisors are also a good source for recommendations. We suggest providing your recommenders with information in advance 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. Finally, make them aware of the submission process and the application deadline by which they must submit their letters. 

7. Test of English Proficiency - International Applicants Only

Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website here.

8. GRE Scores (not required for most applicants)

In some cases, you will be required by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office to submit GRE scores. They are not required for most applicants; however, they are required if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have a cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • You have a cumulative graduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • You have previous coursework completed at a lesser accredited college or university as determined by the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office

Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at that level and are calculated by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

No specific GRE scores are required. However, these scores are considered during the application review process as evidence of your potential success in a graduate program and so should be as high as you can achieve.

GRE scores are also required for students wishing to be considered for the Graduate School's University Fellowship competition.

For more information regarding the GRE scores requirement, please contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office at (614) 292-9444 or at

9. Supplemental application for current or former Ohio State graduate students

If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you would be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the Apply link found here. In addition to that online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at Choose any of the following options to access this application:

You may review the status of your application anytime at


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

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. If you applied for Autumn 2019, you can download the admissions timeline here. Decisions will likely be released in early Spring.

Once admitted, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. All admitted applicants to graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your first semester's tuition when you begin the program. The deposit will be forfeited should you decide not to attend the program. 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 For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please click the Schedule a Visit link above to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing.

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 click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.