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Getting Started

Each Purdue University Northwest degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admissions guidelines below for the MSN program. For specific questions or more details, view our admissions FAQs or access the MSN Student Handbook.

Transfer Credit and Transcripts

PNW Online MSN Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing (conditional admittance may be available under 3.0 GPA but higher than a 2.5 GPA with holistic review)
  • Current U.S. RN (registered nurse) licensure
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores

Admissions Documents

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Letters of recommendation: three professional/academic recommendations using the University's online recommendation system
  • Statement of purpose: 300–500 words describing the purpose of graduate study, professional plans and career goals related to concentration
  • Copy of current U.S. RN license
  • Resume with RN license information included (state and license number)

Other Requirements

(The following are not conditions for acceptance):

  • Introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for Research course
  • Background check: this is a progression requirement that should be completed no more than 4 months before the practicum

Upcoming Start Dates

Calendar and Enrollment Deadlines

June 22, 2020
Start Date

Application Deadline: 6/1/2020

Documents Deadline: 6/5/2020

Registration Deadline: 6/15/2020

Tuition Deadline: 6/19/2020, 1:00pm CST

August 24, 2020
Start Date

Application Deadline: 8/3/2020

Documents Deadline: 8/7/2020

Registration Deadline: 8/17/2020

Tuition Deadline: 8/21/2020, 1:00pm CST

January 11, 2021
Start Date

Application Deadline: 12/7/2020

Documents Deadline: 12/11/2020

Registration Deadline: 1/4/2021

Tuition Deadline: 1/8/2021, 1:00pm CST

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