Frequently Asked Questions about the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Mount St. Joseph University.

  • When does the program begin?
  • What is the difference between the MSN in the Administration Track and the Education Track and the What is the deadline for applications?
  • Do I need a specific degree to be admitted into the program?
  • What are the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program in the Administration Track and Education Track?
  • Is the GRE required for admittance into the program?
  • Are prerequisite courses needed?
  • What is the length of the program?
  • Are courses offered online?Is there a clinical component required for the program?
  • What is the cost of graduate tuition?
  • Is financial aid available for graduate programs?

 

Do I need a specific degree to be admitted into the program?

 

Yes. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited university or an entry level generalist masters degree in nursing, such as the Mount's MAGELIN program, is required.

What is the difference between the MSN in the Administration Track and the Education Track and the MAGELIN (Master's Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing) program?

The MSN Programs in Administration and Education are tailored for nurses who currently have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are practicing nurses. The MAGELIN program is a pre-licensure program for individuals who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. MAGELIN prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN examination and enter the practice of nursing at the graduate level.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who meet the criteria are selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

When does the program begin?

Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing begin each year in the fall semester (August).

What are the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program in the Administration Track and Education Track?

Please refer to admission requirements.

Is the GRE required for admittance into the program?

It depends. If you have a 3.25 or higher GPA from an accredited baccalaureate school of nursing you do not need to take the GRE. If your GPA is below 3.25 you will need to obtain an acceptable score on the GRE to be considered for admission.

Are prerequisite courses needed?

Yes. An undergraduate statistics course is required for admission, and you must have earned a letter grade of "C" or higher in this course.

What is the length of the program?

This part-time program is completed in six semesters. You will enroll in two ten-week courses simultaneously each semester and will have summers off.

Are courses offered online?

Yes. Courses are offered in a blended format - online and on-campus. During the semester, each course meets three times on campus with the remainder of courses delivered online through our interactive learning management system.

Is there a clinical component required for the program?

Yes. A total of 500 practicum hours are needed to complete the program. You will be able to choose a preceptor in an area of interest to complete the practicum hours.

What is the cost of graduate tuition?

Please refer to the graduate tuition rates.

Is financial aid available for graduate programs?

Please visit financial aid information. There are scholarships available to those that qualify.