Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite Coursework: All applicants are required to have completed a three-semester-credit-hour or four-quarter-credit-hour Statistics course from an accredited college or university. Contact the GGHSON Office of Student Affairs for further information.

  • Previous Education: A bachelor’s in nursing degree (B.S.N.) from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA; special attention will be paid to undergraduate nursing and science grades.

  • License: A valid and unencumbered RN license in the state of the applicant’s residency. Students must have successfully passed the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) prior to starting their M.S.N. coursework.

  • Resume/CV: A professional resume or curriculum vitae.

  • Recommendations: Three professional recommendation letters attesting to the applicant’s ability to complete academic requirements, demonstrate professional competencies, and personal character are required. Appropriate reference sources include faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who understand the demands of a graduate program and can speak to the applicant’s potential for success.

    MSN Applicant: Request for letters of recommendation may be sent electronically from the GGHSON admission application.


  • Personal Statement: A personal statement describing the applicant’s professional journey and future contribution to nursing leadership. The statement should be a maximum of three pages, double spaced, 11-12-point font size, and uploaded as a PDF file.

  • Transcripts: Applicants must provide all postsecondary transcripts from every school where college credit was earned — not just degree-granting institutions. Applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide academic records in the original language with certified English translation and US equivalencies.

  • Official TOEFL Scores: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose predominant tongue is not English. Applicants must present a score of at least 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL (this includes permanent residents of the U.S.). TOEFL requirements may be waived if the applicant has graduated from a US high school with a minimum of two years attendance or if the applicant is a citizen of a country where English is the native language.