Admission Requirements

Admission to all Graduate Studies in Nursing Majors begins with submission of required application forms, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies.  Applications will be received by the Division of Graduate Nursing.  Applications will be kept on file for a period of 18 months. Acceptance into any Graduate Nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.

To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Graduate Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:

  • Interview with the Committee; and/or
  • Take the GRE. 
Criteria for regular admission are:
  1. Proof of current, unencumbered RN license.  All nursing licenses-whether current or inactive - must be unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University. 
  2. Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university or a proprietary school which holds a national accreditation.
  3. Official transcript from associate degree granting institution; minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale.
  4. A writing sample will be required, consisting of an expanded goal statement in response to three questions selected from a provided list and reflecting how they intend to make an impact in nursing with their MSN.
  5. Current CV/resume
  6. Three letters or recommendation from: 1) a former instructor, 2) a pastor or someone with whom the applicant has worked in the past year who can attest to the applicant's service record or character, and 3) a direct supervisor.
  7. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Administration or Nursing Education major must have at least 1,000 hours of nursing practice within the three years to admission to the MSN core.
  8. A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the applicant's expense.  Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.
  9. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not first language, satisfactory scores from one of the following is required:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based).
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students of at least 7.0 is required for regular academic admission.


Unclassified Admission


Applicants who do not desire to seek a master's degree may enroll in graduate nursing courses as unclassified students. Please contact us for more information.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all bridge and MSN requirements for the specific program.
  2. A minimum grade of "B" in all specialty track MSN courses.
  3. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 or higher.
  4. Program must be completed within a maximum of five years form the date of enrollment.
  5. All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.
  6. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Administration or Nursing Education majors must have 1000 hours of nursing practice within the three years prior to admission to the MSN core.

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