MSN Admission & Program Requirements

Admission Deadlines

Applications to the MSN program will be reviewed throughout the year. It is strongly recommended that prospective students complete the application process 2-3 months prior to the semester within which they would like to begin matriculating.


  1. Complete the application process for Midway University.
  2. Complete the application process for the MSN Nursing Program including the following:
    1. Must have BSN degree from CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited program whose parent institution is regionally accredited. Degrees from foreign institutions will be reviewed on an individual basis.
    2. Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.
    3. Recommend a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing (on a 4.0 scale).
    4. Must hold current and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in Kentucky or compact state.
    5. Submit professional resume or curriculum vitae.
    6. Participate in interview with the Dean of the School of Health Sciences or designee.
    7. Three (3) professional MSN Recommendation Forms are required with your application. The strongest recommendations are from managers, directors, professors or others in a supervisory capacity. Recommendations from friends, other students, co-workers, or family members are not acceptable.
    8. Writing requirement: Applicants must submit a typed paper on their professional goals and how graduate study will support those goals (limit 2 pages), including discussion of each of the following:
      • Your understanding of the role of the MSN-prepared nurse.
      • Your reasons for pursuing the MSN degree.
      • How obtaining this degree will change your future practice.
      • Life modifications you have made or will need to make to be successful in this program.
      • Your understanding of online/independent learning.
      • The academic strengths and weaknesses you bring to the program and the online learning. Explain how you plan to grow in your weaker areas.
  3. Submit the following: evidence of immunizations or titer showing immunity for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, TDAP; Varicella; Influenza; current negative tuberculin skin test or T-spot; current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification; and letter from health insurance company with evidence of health insurance prior to beginning practicum rotation to meet the health criteria of clinical facilities.

RN (ADN)-MSN Program

In addition to the above admission requirements, applicants to the RN (ADN)-MSN option must also include the following admission criteria:

  1. Must have ADN degree from ACEN or CNEA accredited program whose parent institution is regionally accredited. Degrees from foreign institutions will be reviewed on an individual basis.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the above requirements for admission, applicants who fall into any of the following categories should supply an official TOEFL score:

  1. Born outside the United States;
  2. For whom English is a second language;
  3. Have a degree or transcripts from a non-U.S. institution.

A score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (Internet based) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required of those who are not U.S. citizens and for whom English is not a first language. The TOEFL is offered at several locations within the University’s service area.

Degree Requirements

  1. 36 hours of graduate credits in nursing for the education track; 36 hours of graduate credits in nursing and business administration for the administration track.
  2. Minimum of 30 hours of graduate credits earned in residence at Midway University.
  3. Earn a minimum grade of B in all graduate nursing courses.
  4. Students must meet all Midway University graduation requirements for the Masters degree.
  5. Full-time students must complete degree requirements within six (6) semesters, and part-time students within nine (9) semesters, from time of entry into the MSN program.


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