Graduate Entry Admissions

The Graduate Entry option provides an exciting opportunity for students non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn a Master of Science in nursing.

The application for Summer 2017 is now open! Click here to start or continue your application.

Application & Supporting Materials Due: October 12

Program Start: Summer semester only

Please view this video which provides an overview of the Graduate Entry admissions process.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 the Traditional MS program.
  • Competitive undergraduate GPA
    • The average grade point average of applicants who are admitted to the program is approximately a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of five prerequisite courses: human anatomy, human physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, and human nutrition prior to the term of admission with a grade of a B- or better
  • Completion of a Nurse Assistant, STNA, or PCA course prior to the term of admission. For additional information please see the MS GE Prerequisites page.
  • Many applicants do not need to submit a GRE score. GRE scores 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 as determined by the university’s Graduate Admissions Office (Contact for additional information); or,
  4. Applicant is interested in being considered for nomination in the Graduate School's University Fellowship competition.

    The Graduate School may require a GRE score from any applicant to further evaluate their application.
    GRE scores must be from within the past five years.
    GRE scores in the 50th percentile or above are considered competitive.

Application and Admission Assistance   

Our staff is eager to assist you on your journey to continue your education and pursue your career in nursing. After reviewing the information on the website, please attend an Overview Session or contact us.  More information about the application process can be found on Graduate Entry Application Tips and FAQs page. Please review this information carefully.

Application Materials

The following materials should be uploaded to the online application and submitted by the deadline:

  1. Transcripts from all universities and colleges you attended (including college level courses completed in high school), except for The Ohio State University
  2. Purpose and Goals Statement, including a narrative discussion of professional experience, future scholarly endeavors, and career trajectory
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Resume/ CV
  5. GRE scores, if required.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), required for international applicants from a non-English speaking country.

More detailed information about the application materials can be found on the Graduate Entry Application Tips and FAQs page. Please review this information carefully.

Application Process

  • You will apply online application through the Graduate Admissions office.
  • Follow this link to start your application (
  • The online application opens on or around July 1.
  • Click on the link for “All Other Graduate Programs” at the top of the list.
  • Complete the application and upload the application materials listed above.
  • Send or upload transcripts.
  • Pay the application fee, which is $60.
  • Once the application is submitted and email will be sent to your recommenders. They will be prompted to upload a letter of recommendation for you.
  • The application does not need to be completed in one sitting. You can log in and out of your application until you are ready to submit it.
  • The status of the application and the receipt of letters of recommendation and transcripts can be tracked online at
  • You may be requested to write a proctored essay and/or be interviewed as part of the admissions process to our graduate program.

Inter-University Transfer

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 current or former OSU graduate student applying through a "transfer of graduate programs" form, need to contact the College of Nursing to check application completion status.
  • Applicants are expected to keep track of their completion status.

Application Timeline

  • Applications and all supporting application materials (including reference letters, transcripts, and supplemental application) must be received by the application deadline.
  • After your application is submitted, it can take up to five business days for the status of all your materials to be updated on your application status webpage.
  • We strongly encourage you to verify final completion of your application at least 5 business days prior to the deadline.
  • 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 to submit these items by the end of September.
  • Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline, regardless of the reason, may result in your application being removed from consideration.
  • Applicants will be notified of admission status by March 1.