How to Apply
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 deadline for Summer 2016 enrollment is November 1. To be considered for admission, all items listed below must be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline.
Applications for the MSN program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Please note that NursingCAS needs 3-4 weeks to complete their verification process before releasing your completed application to St. Catherine University.
Requirements for consideration of admission
All applications 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) 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.
- A current unencumbered nursing license.
- Nurse Practitioner applicants must have two years of recent clinical practice as a registered nurse (R.N.). Applicants to the pediatric and adult-gerontological options must have at least one year experience in the area of specialization.
- A post-secondary statistics course completed within the past five years 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.
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.
*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). Note: 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 encourage candidates to begin the application process several weeks prior to the deadline as it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials will be received. Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed for admission.
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).
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the NursingCAS application. No additional application fee is required.
Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.
Each application that has been completed with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.