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.

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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:

  • Baccalaureate or 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). 
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program.  Applicants who do not meet GPA requirements may provide additional evidence documenting examples of outstanding professional leadership, practice and/or scholarship for special consideration. 
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Submission of an online application.
  • Personal interview upon request.

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 State Authorization for Distance Education page at Mizzou Online 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)].

The University of Missouri Office of eLearning’s State Authorization office maintains information by jurisdiction for students and prospective students on the respective institutions’ state authorization web pages.

The Sinclair School of Nursing has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in states outside of Missouri.

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 of your professional goals and how this program will help you achieve them. Your personal narrative should be typed, single-spaced, and attached to this application. In your personal narrative, please include:
    •  a summary of your clinical background/experiences as a registered nurse
    • a summary of your specific clinical experiences in your chosen specialty area (e.g. setting(s), responsibilities, and/or roles)
    • a description of any work-related projects and/or professional committee involvement
    • a description of your population of interest (e.g. pediatrics, elderly, women, etc.), setting of interest (e.g. acute/critical care, primary care, school, health department, etc.) and, if applicable, sub-specialty interest area (e.g. diabetes, oncology, cardiology, etc.)
    • the type of position you intend to pursue after graduation (e.g. teaching, administration, clinical practice, research, or other)
    • your long-term career goals