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Ready to become a student? We look forward to receiving your application for the online MS degree in Nursing. Our program has open enrollment, which means you can apply in fall, summer, or spring with no specific application deadline.

However, we recommend submitting your application early to secure your seat as well as potential funding. In addition, a fall start will provide you with the best curriculum to get you through the program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have:

  • Successfully completed an accredited nursing program.

  • A bachelor's degree (not necessarily in the field of nursing).

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse.

  • A minimum QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale if your degree has been completed within five years of the application date. If your degree is older than five years, the minimum QPA is 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Evidence of coursework in statistics and research.

If you do not have evidence of coursework in statistics and research, you can take an undergraduate course in this area at any university or community college you choose.

If you have taken graduate courses at other institutions, you can transfer up to 12 credits to count toward your IUP degree as long as they have been taken in the past five years and you earned a B or higher.

In addition, we also recommend a minimum of one year of clinical practice to join our master's degree program.

Application Process

To start your application, complete your IUP Admissions Profile online. Once you've created your profile, you will be able to start your application. After you submit the form and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee, we will need these documents before evaluating your application:

  • Official transcripts—from all colleges and universities attended (even if a degree was not obtained from a particular institution)

  • Signed and dated statement of career and academic goals

  • Two letters of recommendation, one from your direct supervisor and one from a professor, mentor, or colleague

We do not require GRE scores. You need to submit your application form and pay the fee to see all required additional items you will need to complete the application.

Financial Aid Options

Scholarships, traineeships, and other state/federal money may be available. Contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance with this inquiry. An Internet search may help you locate additional sources of funding through professional organizations or governmental agencies.

You can apply for financial aid online. Please submit your FAFSA online to get started.

The MS in Nursing Program offers eight- and 10-hour graduate assistantship positions. These competitive positions offer tuition reimbursement and a stipend. Interested students can select this option on their application form or contact the program coordinator.

Please get in touch directly with the department, or consult the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook for more information.

Typical Plan of Study for Future Students

Students in both tracks will complete 24 credits of graduate nursing core courses. In addition, you will also complete 12 credits that are specifically related to your education or administration track. You can find more information about your potential curriculum on the nurse education and nurse administration web pages.

Students in our program complete classes as a cohort, which means that they are admitted at the same time and progress through a predetermined set of courses together. This provides strong peer support and networking opportunities

Looking for more information on your future studies in our Nursing MS degree? Contact our MS program office at 724-357-7647.

Coordinator's Office Hours for the Semester

Office hours during the fall 2021 semester are Monday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Email to arrange an appointment.

Department hours are at the bottom of the page.