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: The GRE is required only 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). The GRE is waived for applicants that have a final cumulative BSN GPA of a 3.25 or higher. 

The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not require work experience as an RN to apply or be considered for admission to any of our Master’s programs.

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

Please visit UMSN's Application Deadlines page to view deadlines for our programs.


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 3.0 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 3.0 application that are required by the University of Michigan School of Nursing to be considered for admission:
  • Personal Information Section
    • Biographic Information

    • Contact Information

    • Citizenship Information

    • Other Information

    • Family Information –Parent/Guardians

  • Academic History Section
    • Colleges Attended (All Institutions Attended)

      • Submit Transcripts to NursingCAS (All Institutions Attended)

      • No coursework entry required

  • Supporting Information Section

    • References (Please read the Recommendations requirement below)

    • Experiences – Employment, Healthcare Experience, Community Enrichment

    • Release Statement

  • Program Materials Section

    • Program Details

    • Program Questions

    • Program Documents

      • Document Upload – Resume (Please read the Resume requirement below)

      • Document Upload – Personal Statement (Please read the Personal Statement requirement below)

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 application deadline, including all supporting materials.

NursingCAS Designations Page and Program Options

On the Designation section of the NursingCAS 3.0 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 Name: University of Michigan School of Nursing - Ann Arbor

  • 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.

  • Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS 3.0 application.

  • Please select three qualified recommenders (based on the criteria above) and complete the NursingCAS 3.0 Reference section with the requested information. Paper references sent directly to the school will not be accepted.

  • Once you have entered identification information of recommenders and a due date into the NursingCAS Reference section, an email will be sent directly to each recommender.  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 Evaluator Portal link they will receive via e-mail. Once completed they will submit the recommendation form and it will be uploaded to your application.

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 3.0 program materials page within the application.
Personal Statement
The University of Michigan requires that each applicant submit a personal statement through the NursingCAS application. The one-page personal statement should be uploaded as a MS Word document attachment in the Document Upload section of the NursingCAS 3.0 Program Materials page within the application
Provide a comprehensive answer to the following question: What are your professional and educational goals as they relate to the Master’s program to which you are applying? (700 words maximum)
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

The GRE is required only 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). The GRE is waived for applicants that have a final cumulative BSN GPA of a 3.25 or higher).

  • 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.

International Applicant Additional Requirements

All international applicants submit an official final transcript in the language of instruction and in English, along with an official 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.
English Proficiency Exam
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 March 1 application deadline to be considered for admission. For details, see the Entrance Exams webpage. 
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.

Additional Admissions Information

Admissions Interview
All completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee following the respective application deadlines. The Admissions Committee offers interviews as part of the application review process as a way of getting to know our applicants better. All individual applicants will be notified by the Admissions Committee whether or not they have been selected for an admissions interview. The University Of Michigan School Of Nursing does not offer rolling admissions. Applicants selected for an admissions interview will be notified by e-mail.
Additional Information
If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 within two weeks of your decision date to matriculate and reserve a seat in the class. We will only accept online payment for the enrollment deposit. The deposit will be applied towards your first term tuition. Matriculated students must also complete compliance requirements before enrollment, and are required to attend the school’s new student orientation.
Applicants that are offered admission will also be required to complete an approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course as a prerequisite requirement for the master’s core course N529: Scientific and Analytical Approaches for Advanced Practice. 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 in the formal admission offer packet.
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 information on our FAQs webpage to read detailed information regarding the statistics course requirement.