Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program begins with submission of required application forms, recommendations, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies. Applications are accepted year round. To assist in the decision-making process, the applicant may be required to interview and/or complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Criteria for regular admission are:
- Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited program. 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.
- There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee for applicants who do not have a BSN degree.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
- At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner major must have at least 500 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.
- 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.
- 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) if English is not your primary language. 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
NOTE: *All students may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.
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.
- All credits required in the course with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Minimum grade of “C” in each core course (except GNUR 590) and “B” in each track course (including GNUR 590).
- Satisfactory fulfillment of all practicum requirements.
- Program must be completed within four (4) years from the date of enrollment. Fees are associated with various courses and are subject to change. Students who extend beyond the maximum time to complete the program may incur more fees.
- Payment of all tuition and fees.