How to Apply – MS(N)

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Dates

Start classes in

Apply by

June or August (PNP, PCNS, AGCNS, LDR & CM- Summer start only)

April 1


Nov. 1

Online Program

The online Masters of Science (MS(N)) program prepares graduates to fulfill and excel in advanced nursing practice roles requiring advanced skills in clinical practice, nursing education and/or leadership in delivery of health care to individuals, communities and populations.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Sinclair School of Nursing’s Master’s degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Various schools, colleges and departments are also accredited by their respective professional associations and accrediting agencies. The MU SSON is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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. See the Missouri Online state authorization website to learn more.

Federal regulations require the Sinclair School of Nursing to disclose whether its degree programs meet U.S. states’ educational requirements for licensure [34 CFR 668.43 (a)(5)(v)]. Please visit the Missouri Online Licensure and Disclosures website to determine if your program of interest meets the educational requirements.

Current and potential students are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the state licensing board.

International Applicants

  1. Satisfactory TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Cambridge C1 Advanced scores within the last 2 years (non-native English speaking applicants only).
  2. International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  3. International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework. In order to obtain a Missouri RN license, the applicant will need to pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) exam and the NCLEX exam. Applicants are encouraged to take the CGFNS exam in their home country. For more information, contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at: or by telephone (573) 751-0681.

How to Apply

The Sinclair School of Nursing is processing MS applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. 

Following is a checklist of items that are required to be uploaded for the application:

  1. 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.  
  2. Upload unofficial copies of all transcripts, especially those documenting a baccalaureate or previous Master’s degree from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for accreditation (i.e. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)). The previous degree must be accredited by the regional accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission.
  3. Instruction for current and former MU students to request unofficial transcripts are available from the Graduate Studies office.
  4. Submission of a Curriculum vitae.
  5.  A personal statement should be typed and single-spaced:
    • Please describe why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve while you are in the program, and your long-term goals. Be sure to address your population and what problem or opportunity you would like to focus on while in the program. This may be a topic that you wish to explore in the future for your MS(N) Practice Inquiry or your DNP Scholarly Project. (one-page maximum)
    • Discuss your strengths and weaknesses and how it has impacted past performance or may impact future performance. If you have experienced academic difficulties, you may wish to discuss this here and describe how you overcame those difficulties or plan to address them while in a graduate program. (1.5 pages maximum)
    • Describe any experiences you have had or your thoughts around complex cultural and global issues and systems while being conscious of others’ experiences. Critically reflect on implications and appropriate challenges to people and processes to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity. (1.5 pages maximum)
  6.  Professional Recommendations: Submission of two (2) professional recommendations supporting the applicant’s potential success in the MS(N) program.
    • References should be from master’s or doctoral prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role
    • Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a current faculty member in that program.
    • Recommendations from family, friends, fellow staff nurses, or minister will not be accepted.