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MSN Admission

Admission Requirement

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study as established by the university and the following requirements established by the College of Nursing.

Students who are not accepted to a specific concentration may keep their application active for one year and re-apply to a different concentration during the next application cycle. Students will not be considered for alternate concentrations in the same application period and must wait for the next application cycle.

Applications to the Graduate School at East Carolina University can be accessed by clicking here.

Some general requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate studies and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in nursing major.
  • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)  within the past five years.
    (For Greenville students: the GRE may be taken locally through Prometric Testing Center at 252-756-0342. For more information on the MAT, please visit the ECU Testing Center or call 252-328-6811.)
  • Currently non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or a NCSBN-compact state.
  • A written statement describing the applicant's interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree's relations to those goals.
  • Three professional references.
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty.
  • A course in statistics with a grade of C or higher, an undergraduate research course, and computer literacy are pre-requisites for all concentrations in nursing.

Some concentrations have specific requirements as indicated below:

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • One year of experience as an RN
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    • Applicants for the neonatal nurse practitioner concentration, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have the equivalent of 1 year of full-time, recent (within the last 5 years) practice experience as a registered nurse (RN) in the care of critically ill newborns, infants, or children in an acute care, inpatient setting, and provide a third reference from a health-care provider knowledgeable about the applicant's nursing practice.  NICU RN experience is limited to Level III experience or higher only. RNC-NIC preferred, but not required, for admission.
  • Nurse Anesthesia
    • At least one year adult critical care experience
    • A personal interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee
    • Four professional references (two on forms provided in nursing anesthesia admission packet)
    • Completion of a supplemental application packet
    • Courses in physiology and chemistry/biochemistry (within five years highly recommended)
    • GRE is the only entrance accepted for this concentration
  • Nurse-Midwifery
    • One year of RN experience (Labor and Delivery preferred)
    • At least one reference from someone knowledgeable of the applicant's nursing practice
    • GRE is the only entrance accepted for this concentration
  • Nursing Education
    • One year of experience as an RN
  • Nursing Leadership
    • One year of experience as a RN
    • A course in basic accounting


Requirements for Clinical Courses:

Information regarding clinical requirements can be found in the ECU College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook at Upon admission, all graduate students are required to complete a criminal background check. Students will receive specific instructions from the Office of Student Services to complete this process.

Due to the high demand of courses by our enrolled MSN students, the College of Nursing will not enroll non-degree graduate students at this time. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for full admission as soon as possible in order to be eligible for all College of Nursing course offerings.