School of Nursing
Supplemental content for MS in Nursing - RN to Master of Science Degree Program for Registered Nurses
Because the M.S. in nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences and the desire to maintain a high quality program, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. The number of students accepted varies by program (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and is based on clinical cohorts. Admission to the program is highly selective. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose associate degree/diploma preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.
Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.
- An associate degree or diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may submit GRE/MAT scores to be considered.
An undergraduate course in Microbiology with a grade of B- or better
- An undergraduate course in introductory statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B- or better
- Current resumé or CV
- Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language)
- Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
A personal interview with the graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: April 1 for Fall semester
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- A resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- A 500-word essay that addresses the following topics:
- Understanding of the nurse practitioner role, and reasons for becoming a nurse practitioner or nurse educator
- Professional goals that will be supported by the M.S. degree
- The experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program
- Reasons for choosing USM for this program
- Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
- Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- Official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Applicants whose first language is not English
Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
In addition to this on-campus RN to Master of Science Degree program, we offer two fully online RN to MS programs.
On-Campus Program Areas of Specialization:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GACNP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan; PMHNP)
For more information about courses and credit hours, view our Program Requirements.
Fully Online Program Options:
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