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Master's Programs

Admission Requirements

To be considered for a Master's program, applicants must have:
  • Earned a BS in nursing or are in the process of completing a BS in nursing from a CCNE, AACN, or NLN accredited institution.  Note: Successful completion of the BS in nursing must occur prior to the desired term of admission.
  • Minimum B average in all undergraduate coursework (this includes all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements for a BS in nursing; an overall B average is usually equivalent to a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). 
  • NOTE: If your cumulative final BS in nursing grade point average (GPA) is between 3.0 - 3.249 (on a 4.0 scale; U.S. equivalency), you will need to successfully complete the GRE for admission consideration. If your final BS in Nursing GPA was above a 3.25, the GRE is not required.

Applicants for admission consideration to the University of Michigan School of Nursing may only apply to one program and one term.  Individuals that submit an application for multiple programs and/or terms will be immediately denied further admission consideration.

Application Details

Deadline to Apply

The application is currently closed and under construction. Please do not start the NursingCAS application at this time; the next application cycle will open on October 15, 2014. The application deadline for Fall 2015 term will be posted in October.
The University of Michigan school of Nursing currently admits for Fall term (September start) only.
Fall Term
(Sept. start)
Application Deadline
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner







Please check back in late October for application deadline dates.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Midwife
Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner (combined program)
Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (combined program)

An approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course is a requirement for the master’s core courses at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. All students in all master’s programs take these courses. If you are offered admission, you will receive information in regards to completing the statistics course prior to the first term of enrollment or during the first term of enrollment as part of the set program plan. 

The statistics course is not a requirement for admission consideration. We encourage applicants to delay enrolling in an approved course until they receive the final admission decision. 
Please refer to the Statistics Requirement Document to read detailed information regarding the statistics requirement. If you have any questions please email


The University of Michigan School of Nursing has partnered with NursingCAS which is a centralized application system for nursing programs.

To be considered for admission, all prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application (submitted applications that do not have all listed required sections below completed will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee):
Sections on the NursingCAS application that are required by NursingCAS and the University of Michigan School of Nursing to be considered for admission:
  • Biographic Information
  • Personal Data
  • Parent and Family Information
  • Background Information
  • Secondary (High) School, Colleges Attended & College Degrees
  • Coursework
  • Professional Experience
  • References (please read the Recommendations requirement below)
  • Document Upload (this is where you will upload your one page resume; please see below for guidelines on submitting the resume)
  • Personal Statement (please read the Personal Statement requirement below)
  • Privacy Statement
  • Designations (please see the Designations and Program Options information below).   Note: Applicants to the University of Michigan School of Nursing may only select one program and one term for admission consideration.  Applications submitted that identify more than one program or one term will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for admission.

It is important to read through this page and the NursingCAS provided instructions thoroughly prior to starting the application.

Applications submitted that do not have all of the above sections completed will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission consideration.

International applicants have additional requirements that are listed below and must submit the completed application by the February application deadline, including all supporting materials.

NursingCAS Designations Page and Program Options

On the Designation section of the NursingCAS application, you will select the program and term of application.  To find the University of Michigan School of Nursing on the designations page you will want to enter the following search criteria:
School/Program/Track Name:  University of Michigan
Scroll through the results of the search and select the program and term you wish to be considered for within the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Only one program and one term may be selected for admission consideration, applicants that select more than one program option or term will not be considered for admission at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
Please make sure to research the intended program of application to ensure you are applying to the correct program of interest.  Below is a list of program options:

NursingCAS Application Required Supporting Material

  • Required for admission consideration are three recommendations from individuals who have at least a master's degree in a healthcare field that can comment on your potential success as a graduate student and as an advanced practice nurse in the area for which you are applying.
  • The recommendation form is part of the NursingCAS School application
  • Please select three qualified recommenders (based on the criteria above) and complete the NursingCAS Reference section with the requested information selecting the option of electronic reference (paper references sent directly to the School will not be accepted).
  • Once you have entered identification information of recommenders into the NursingCAS Reference section, an email will be sent directly to each recommender (provided you selected the electronic reference option and included the correct email address).  Please make sure to inform your recommenders that the reference form will be sent to them via email and that they should make sure to check their junk or spam email box if they do not see it within 24 hours of your online submission of their identification information (including email address).
  • The recommenders complete the electronic recommendation form through the NursingCAS application. Once completed they will submit the recommendation form and it will be uploaded to your application.
  • The recommendation section should be completed prior to submission of your application to ensure all recommendations are received by the application deadline.
The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires the submission of a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application for admission consideration to any of our Master's programs. The one page (maximum two pages) resume should be uploaded as a MS Word document attachment in the Document Upload section of the NursingCAS application.
Personal Statement
The University of Michigan requires that each applicant submit a personal statement through the NursingCAS application. 
Provide a comprehensive answer, not to exceed 700 total words, to the following question:
What are your professional and educational goals as an advanced practice RN as it pertains to the Master’s program to which you are applying to?
Guidelines for the University of Michigan School of Nursing required Personal Statement are as follows:
  • The statement should not be a reiteration of your education and work history. The focus should be on why you are pursuing a master’s degree, specifically why you are pursuing the master's program/specialty of application.
  • The statement should not focus on why you became a nurse and/or your undergraduate coursework/clinical experience.
  • The statement should help delineate your rationale for pursuing the master’s program to which you are applying.
  • The statement is most effective when you have researched the master’s program to which you plan to apply and can elaborate on how the program you are applying to best fits your professional and educational goals.
  • After reading your statement it should be clear to the admissions committee which master’s program you have applied to and that you have a clear understanding of the scope of practice and your educational objectives.
Official Post-Secondary Transcripts
Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework are required for admission consideration.  The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly.  Applicants applying to a graduate program are not required to submit high school transcripts for admission consideration.

International applicants: Please read the International Applicant Additional Requirements section below for special transcript requirements.
  • Follow the NursingCAS detailed instructions to request transcripts and have them sent directly to: NursingCAS (high school transcripts are not required by the University of Michigan School of Nursing graduate programs and NursingCAS if applying to a Masters or post-Master’s program).
  • If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts please contact NursingCAS directly: Contact Page.
  • If you are a previous University of Michigan student you will still need to follow the NursingCAS transcript request process. Current or previous University of Michigan students may request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.
  • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be accepted; all transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS per the instructions on their website.
  • PLAN AHEAD: The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires that your current official BSN transcript and MS transcript (if applicable) are received and verified by NursingCAS prior to the posted application deadline.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their transcripts are requested, submitted and received by NursingCAS prior to the application deadline.

University of Michigan

School of Nursing

GRE Guidelines

GRE scores are required for all applicants that earned between a 3.0 - 3.249 final cumulative GPA in their BSN program (on a 4.0; U.S. equivalency scale).

  • Official GRE score reports must be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (GRE code: R1839) not NursingCAS.
  • Quantitative and Verbal scores at or above the 50th percentile and an Analytical score above a 3.5 are strongly recommended by the admissions committee.
Applicants whose GPA from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing is 3.25 or higher do not need to take the GRE. Previously received GRE scores will not be considered if the applicant's GPA meets the 3.25 minimum criteria for GRE waiver.

International Applicant Additional Requirements

NursingCAS Transcript Evaluation Requirements for International Applicants
All international applicants must submit a foreign evaluation of transcripts directly to NursingCAS (do not send foreign transcripts directly to NursingCAS without the official evaluation attached).  For additional information and a list of approved evaluation agencies, please refer to the NursingCAS FAQs section titled Foreign Transcripts/Coursework.
University of Michigan School of Nursing Requirements
International students must submit official English proficiency exam scores to the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School (school code: 1839) from the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB no later than the February application deadline to be considered for admission. For details, see the Entrance Exams webpage. 
Reminder:International applicants may only be considered for fall term admission and must apply by the February application deadline.  The completed application, all supporting materials, transcripts/transcript evaluation and English proficiency results must be received by the February application deadline for admission consideration.
Note: If offered admission, all new incoming International students that require a J-1 or F-1 Visa are required to provide a financial affidavit to prove adequate financial resources to cover their expenses, and the expenses of dependents, during the duration of their program. If offered admission you will receive additional information in your admission packet.  Please visit the Office of the Registrar for current tuition and fees (the tuition will be listed under the School of Nursing Graduate and Rackham headings).

Application Fee

Refer to the NursingCAS application portal: Application Fee.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing uses NursingCAS as the only application for the master’s programs; there is no supplemental application or form to complete with the NursingCAS application.  The University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be able to review your application and supporting materials until you have selected the desired program/term of application (designation), completed the application (all required sections per above itemization) and paid the required NursingCAS application fee.

Admission Interview

The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer rolling admissions; all completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee on or after the set application deadline.  Applicants selected for an admissions interview will be notified within 3 weeks of the application deadline.
Applicants who submit an incomplete application or are not selected for an admission interview will be notified within 3 weeks of the application deadline. 
Please check back in late September for additional information on admission interview dates.