Graduate Certificate – How to Apply

A holistic review process is utilized for admission, however, students interested in the Graduate Certificate program should meet the following admission criteria:

  • Advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing.
  • Master degree nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (i.e. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Distance GC Students 

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in several states. Please see our website for details. 

Following is a checklist of items that are required for application:

Visit to start an application or log into your existing account for MS NP degrees. If you need help with NursingCAS, visit the applicant help center or contact applicant support with questions.

Unofficial copies of all transcripts.

For MU alumni click here for instructions on: How to Obtain an unofficial Academic Record.

Copies of current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s).

Curriculum vitae using the official MU Sinclair School of Nursing template.

Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents for applicants with a master’s degree as applicable.

Professional Recommendations: Submission of two (2) professional recommendations supporting the applicant’s potential success in the Graduate Certificate program. See the References section for details. 

Documentation of English-Language Proficiency is required for Non-native English speaking applicants. Applicants must submit documentation of English-language proficiency, demonstrated through a satisfactory proficiency score within the last two years.  Please upload your results to the Tests Score section.

See the Graduate School page on English Proficiency Requirements

Interview by Invitation

A rolling application system is used and once a completed application has been received through NursingCAS, applicants being considered may  be invited to interview. Student interviews may take place in person or via electronic means for distance students. 

For questions about our programs or applying to our programs, call the Office of Student Support Services at MU School of Nursing at 573.882.0277or 800.437.4339, or email Leslie McPeak at