1. Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited program - OR Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:
    • A minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice.
    • Submission of a portfolio that includes a current CV/résumé with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on the nine Essentials of Baccalaureate Education in Nursing, and an expanded goal statement reflecting how the applicant intends to make an impact in nursing with an MSN. (There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee for applicants who do not have a BSN degree).
  2. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed.
  3. Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  4. Three letters of 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.
  5. Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
  6. At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Administration, Nursing Education or MSN/MBA major must have at least 1,000 hours of nursing practice within the three years prior to admission. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care major must have at least 500 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.
  7. 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. A second background check and drug screen will be conducted for Primary Care students prior to the first practicum experience, at the student’s expense. Admission and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.
  8. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • 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) is required for regular academic admission.
    • 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, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission. 


  • Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all core and major requirements.
  2. A minimum grade of "C" in each core course and "B" in each major course.
  3. An overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. Students may be required to provide health clearance and proof of immunization. 
  5. Program must be completed within four (5) years from the date of enrollment.
  6. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Degree conferral will occur at the first graduation ceremony following program completion.

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