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Student admission

The University of Missouri provides equal opportunity for all faculty, staff, students and applicants for employment or admission without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as disabled veteran or veteran of Vietnam-era. Faculty and staff at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing are committed to cultural diversity and nondiscrimination toward all people with regards to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, all veterans, and sexual orientation.

If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need this publication in an alternative format, please notify us as quickly as possible, and reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.

Achievement of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Seats are limited, and we seek to admit the best qualified. Because MU has a special commitment to rural health care, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing will strive to admit one-third of our students from rural areas. A special effort will also be made to ensure the student body includes qualified minorities and non-traditional students.

International students/students who have English as a second language must also complete the following:

  • Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4 acceptable;
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) score of 50 or higher acceptable;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 600 (paperbased),
  • 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) is required. For additional information regarding TOEFL testing, please see Admissions

Undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree options

Traditional BSN

The traditional four-year bachelor's degree in nursing option is designed for students coming directly from high school or transferring from another university. Freshman and sophomore students are identified as nursing majors and typically are admitted to the clinical major in their junior and senior years.


For registered nurses who want to earn bachelor’s degrees in nursing and who cannot attend traditional classes on a regular basis, the Sinclair School of Nursing offers an online option. The RN-to-BSN option focuses on writing across the curriculum with the intent of preparing students for graduate nursing programs.

Accelerated BSN

The accelerated bachelor's degree program gives students who hold non-nursing degrees (bachelor’s or higher) the opportunity to earn their nursing degrees in 15 months.

Graduate degree options

Master's degree

For graduates, the distance mediated master's of science degree in nursing (MS(N)) program prepares graduates to fulfill and excel in advanced nursing practice roles requiring advanced skills in clinical practice, nursing education, public health, and/or leadership in delivery of health care to individuals, communities and populations.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The distance mediated doctor of nursing practice program (DNP) at the Sinclair School of Nursing prepares graduates to be advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with the knowledge and leadership skills to improve quality of health outcomes for individuals, populations and systems.


The distance-mediated doctor of philosophy program (PhD) at the Sinclair School of Nursing is designed to offer challenging learning opportunities in a supportive environment. The PhD program prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to become a leader, educator, scientist and scholar in nursing and/or health related fields.