Applying for admission



Applying for admission

If you're ready to take your nursing career in a rewarding new direction, one in which you'll help shape the future of your profession, St. Catherine University welcomes your application for admission. Review the information below for application requirements, procedures and online forms.  If you need any assistance, contact your admission counselor

The application priority deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment is June 1; applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.  The Fall 2016 application cycle will begin on October 15, 2015.

Requirements for consideration of admission

All applicants who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
  • The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper division, post-baccalaureate second major) or comparable master's-level program in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of not less than ‘B-’ in every nursing course. Applicants who do not meet these requirements should provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement (see below) with rationale for an exception to the requirement.
  • A current unencumbered nursing license.
  • A post-secondary statistics course (completed within five years of graduate enrollment) with a grade of ‘C’ or better, inclusive of inferential and descriptive statistics. View a list (pdf) of local colleges and universities that offer equivalent statistics courses. This course does not need to be completed at the time of application, but must be completed prior to the first day of graduate classes.

Application instructions

Applications for the MSN program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). 

The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO course work)*
  • Three recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendations may be from professors or other employers. Please review instructions in NursingCAS regarding recommendation submissions.
  • Resume

*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.

A personal statement is required as part of the application process. Specific questions to be addressed are located in the Program Materials section of the NursingCAS application (under the “Questions” tab). For applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA or nursing course grade minimums, please include (as part of the fourth response in the statement) an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as the applicant's plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program.

We strongly encourage candidates to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline to ensure that all materials are received.

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions »

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in NursingCAS. If admitted into the MSN program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT.  This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report unofficial TOEFL scores in NursingCAS. If admitted into the MSN program, official test scores must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the MSN program application. There is no additional application fee.


Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.


Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.