Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing

Regular Admission

All materials must be submitted, for review, by the deadline for application to the University for consideration to begin coursework.

  1. Submit evidence of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited undergraduate nursing program.
  2. Submit all transcripts from undergraduate school and any work attempted at the graduate level. Submit documentation of satisfactory standing in graduate nursing program at last institution attended, (if applicable).
  3. Submit a curriculum vita (resume) including the applicant's full name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address(s), academic preparations, degrees held, honors, awards, special interest, work history, and other relevant information.
  4. Obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work including courses repeated and all courses counted toward the student's baccalaureate degree, as indicted by a transcript.
  5. Submit GRE scores.
  6. Obtain a minimum formula score of 1,200 (150 x cumulative GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours + GRE Verbal and Quantitative Test score). The last 60 undergraduate hours must pertain directly to required Nursing degree courses. Depending upon when or where the student completed the Nursing degree, the student may be required to provide a university catalogue or course descriptions for the degree courses.
  7. Submit evidence of a valid, unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nurse license.
  8. Completed a course in introductory statistics with a minimum grade of “C” or equivalent.
  9. Provide evidence of physical assessment skills.


During the first semester of enrollment of regular admission the student must do the following:

  1. File a degree plan with the departmental Graduate Coordinator in accordance with the General Requirements for the master's degree in the Graduate School section of the General Catalogue.
  2. Submit a complete history and physical examination. Submit current certification in CPR (every 2 years),annual TB results, and obtain immunizations determined appropriate by the Graduate Nursing Program.
  3. Submit a negative drug screen.
  4. Submit an acceptable background check.


Provisional Admission

An applicant who meets all requirements for admission to the master's degree program except the cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on all undergraduate work attempted or a formula score of 1200 may seek provisional admission status. For acceptance to provisional status the student must have a minimum of at least 1100 on the formula score, with a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work attempted. To be removed from provisional status the student must make a “B” or better in each graduate-level course in the first nine (9) hours. If a "C," "D," or "F" grade is made on any course attempted during the 9 hours in provisional status, the student will be dismissed from the program and the Graduate School. A request to repeat a course will be taken under advisement and considered on a case-by-case basis.


An applicant not having a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA on upper division baccalaureate work will be requested to take additional undergraduate nursing courses as an unclassified student to enable the applicant to be considered for provisional admission.


Contingent Admission

  • A graduating senior in an accredited BS nursing program may be admitted in contingent status and may register for graduate credit if he/she meets the criteria of the Graduate School.
  • A student may be admitted in contingent status when lacking the final transcript showing completion of a degree or when a satisfactory GRE score is not provided. Failure to qualify for regular admission status before the second semester of coursework will prevent the student from registering for the next semester.


Non-Degree Classified Admission

Applicants not meeting the formula score for regular admission due to their GRE score may be allowed to register for graduate nursing courses in the non-degree classified status for one semester. Priority for registering for graduate nursing courses is provided to regular admission status students.


Retention and Progression Requirements

  • A student must earn a “B” in each course in the program to be eligible for progression.
  • A student who earns a grade below a “B” will be placed on probation and must repeat the course within two regular semesters and earn at least a “B.” If a grade below “B” is earned in the subsequent course, the student will be dismissed from the program.
  • A graduate student who makes a grade of “D” or “F” in any course taken for graduate credit will be ineligible to register for further graduate work. A student who receives an “D” or “F” because of extenuating, non-academic reasons may appeal for readmission.
  • Prior to beginning any clinical/practicum courses, the student must have evidence of one year of clinical practice experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track as a R.N.
  • The School of Nursing reserves the right to investigate situations which may affect the student's ability to function. In addition, a physician's release may be required. Students who have health conditions that may prevent their meeting the objectives of the program or a course in the program or that may cause potential injury to that student or to the clients for whom they care, will be required to have a personal interview with the Department Head or Dean or with an appropriate School of Nursing Committee.
  • Drug testing will be required.
  • Students enrolled in clinical graduate courses are required to maintain current certification in CPR and other agency requirements.


Registration Procedures

  • Registration for core and role courses will be held at each consortium institution according to their published dates and procedures. An advisor will be at each institution to assist students. Information and downloadable forms are available from the School of Nursing webpage
  • The fees assessed a student will be those in effect at the institution offering the course(s) for which the student is registering.
  • All courses offered are subject to resources available and sufficient student enrollment.
  • Full-time degree plans require from 7-10 credit hours per semester; part-time degree plans require from 6-7 credit hours per semester.
  • For limited course slots, preference will be given to regularly admitted students.