CNS: Application Information and Instructions
Early Consideration - October 15
Final Deadline - March 1
Candidates must apply to the University. The University application is available online at www.admissions.msu.edu. Please note that a $65 application fee applies. The University application must be submitted online.
To apply to the Fall 2017 MSN Adult Gero CNS Program, choose:
- First Semester to Enroll: Fall 2017 (8/30/2017-12/15/2017)
- Major Preference: 4016 – Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist Education Concentration) Online Program – (Masters)
Any errors in this process will restrict your ability to apply appropriately to the College of Nursing. If you make an error in the Major or Semester Start date, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions to submit the correct information. The Office of Admissions can be reached at (517) 355-8332.
It is very important to fill out the Department Questions under the “Miscellaneous” tab of the application.
At the time of submitting your application, arrange to have one official transcript from each college, university, and school attended sent to:
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-2604
Telephone: (517) 355-8332
Fax: (517) 353-1647
These transcripts should cover all academic work completed to date. All transcripts sent directly from another school become the property of Michigan State University and cannot be returned to the applicant. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline in order for the application to be considered complete.
MSU Students & Alumni: If an applicant has been or is currently an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, s/he does not need to order official MSU transcripts. We will obtain an applicant's MSU records from the Registrar's Office. You will be required to submit one official transcript from any college(s) and/or university(s) that you have attended (MSU excluded) for inclusion in your admission materials.
Unofficial transcripts from the BSN Institution may be requested by the College of Nursing if official transcripts have not been received or uploaded by the University Admissions Office. Be prepared to upload scanned copies to the Graduate Education Student Portal. Please note that content from any unofficial transcripts sent must match the official transcript when it arrives – this includes, but is not limited to, information on cumulative GPA, date of degree conferral, name and institution information.
SPECIAL NOTE: You will upload the Personal Statement, References & your Resume through the Graduate Education Student Portal via the Office of Admissions website at: https://admissions.msu.edu/portal/ You will need your Applicant ID and Password to log in. Your Personal Statement, Resume and References will all be uploaded here. You may also upload unofficial transcripts if official ones have not arrived by the established deadline.
Personal Statement A brief essay, no more than two typewritten double-spaced pages (8 ½ x 11) is required for admission to the MSN Program. You will upload this document to the online application under the Personal Statement Categoryusing the Graduate Education Student Portal and identify it as a “Personal Statement” document. You do not need to complete the Academic Statement or the Personal Statement for the University application. The essay should be written in a scholarly manner and reflect your professional goals as well as knowledge of the NP CNS program at MSU. Please include the following areas:
- Briefly describe your professional experience and significant factors that led you to pursue graduate study.
- Discuss your future professional career goals. How do your professional career goals align with the MSN Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist with Nurse Education concentration program at Michigan State University?
- Describe what you perceive to be your greatest strengths and challenges as a graduate student.
- Describe your resources and strategies for success in an online graduate program of study.
The MSN program requires three recommendations from references. The references must be from sources that have direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work.
Applicants will provide contact information for References in the online application. References will then be automatically notified by the application administrator to fill out the forms electronically. The recommendation should not be from a relative or personal friend.
A resume must be presented as documentation of years of both clinical work experience and educational experiences. You will upload a copy of your resume directly to the online application.
Applicants admitted to the MSN program must hold an unrestricted, current license as a Registered Nurse in their state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current Registered Nurse, Michigan license is required. Evidence of licensure must be submitted with the application. The license to practice must be free from restrictions or limitations. You will enter your nursing license number and state of licensure directly into the online application. Any applicant not currently holding a Michigan RN License who is admitted to the program for 2017, will be required to obtain an Michigan RN License no later than August 30, 2017.
Documentation of Prerequisite Statistics Course
You will be asked to provide information about your prerequisite statistics course.
An undergraduate course of at least 3 semester credits is required and must have been successfully completed at an accredited college or university within the last 5 years.
For the Fall 2017 Program, statistics courses must have been taken between Fall 2012 and August 30, 2017. Applicants can be in progress with the course at the time of application (or planning to take the course within the next semester)*, but if admitted to the program, all statistics courses must be complete by August 30, 2017. It is strongly recommended that the statistics course be equivalent to MSU’s STT 200, 201, 231 or 315. To check equivalency, use the MSU Transfer Website at: www.transfer.msu.edu.
Below are examples of equivalent and non-equivalent courses:
International Graduate Students/TOEFL Exam
Must satisfactorily complete the TOEFL exam or the MSU English Language Center examination (writing, speaking, listening, comprehension) prior to admission to the program. Provide scores in the appropriate section of the online application. Instructions for international applicants can be located at: https://admissions.msu.edu/apply/international/default.aspx
Applications cannot be considered unless all the materials listed above are received by the established deadline.
Financial Aid: Traineeships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships may be available to students. Other financial aid information may be obtained through the Office of Admissions and Scholarships or the Graduate School, Administration Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 or www.nursing.msu.edu. For specific financial aid questions please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 517-353-5940 or www.finaid.msu.edu.
Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fee information may be found at the Office of the Controller's website.
*PROVISIONAL ADMISSION STATUS: A limited number of applicants who do not satisfy all of the College’s regular admission requirements may be extended a provisional status. All provisional criteria must be completed by the established deadline. Please note that provisional students are ineligible for financial aid until requirements are met and the provision is lifted. This includes an incomplete prerequisite statistics course.