How to Apply – MS(N)

We recommend you submit your application through NursingCAS at least six weeks before the deadline.

Application Dates

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June or August (PNP, PCNS, AGCNS, LDR, CM, NE, FNP & PMHNP- Summer/Fall start)

January 31

January (NE, FNP & PMHNP- spring start)

September 30

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.

Up to 9 graduate credits of required coursework can be accepted in transfer with the approval of the program director.  If APRN students have combined classes, e.g., patho/pharm or physiology/health assessment, they would need to take each class individually to be eligible to sit for certification.

International Applicants

  1. Satisfactory English language test score 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. All recommendations, Kira interview and application materials need to be completed by DEADLINE. 

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), Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)). The previous degree must be accredited by the regional accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  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. As part of the Nursing Consolidated Application System (NCAS), a written and recorded interview utilizing Kira Talent will be requested of the applicant. There is a minimal fee to complete the Kira Talent interview. The Kira Talent process consists of several written questions and recorded interview question(s).
  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.

Please Note Upon Admission

The Graduate Studies Application Fee and your MU Sinclair School of Nursing Application Fee is required for all new MS applicants, both U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The application fee is nonrefundable; it is not applicable to the educational fee, student activities fee, computing fee or student health fee; and it is valid for one academic year (three semesters).
Once you have completed your online application, the fee must be submitted online before your application can be processed.

Questions? Contact Us

For questions about the MS programs or applying to the MS programs, call MU School of Nursing Student Affairs at 573.882.0277 or 800.437.4339, or email