Application and Admission Questions

How do I apply to the Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program?

  • Complete and submit application to the University School of Graduate Studies.
  • Complete and submit application to the MSN program.

Are there any instructions for writing the statement of goals/objectives?

Yes.  See the following link for instructions:  Statement of Goals/Objectives Instructions

Are there application deadlines?
Yes. All application requirements (department and University) must be met by the annual deadline of APRIL 1st for Fall semester admission. The MSN program only admits once a year. Seat availability is limited; therefore, you could apply by the deadline date and not be accepted into the program.

Is there an application fee?
There is a $30 fee to apply to the School of Graduate Studies ($40 for international students). There is no fee to apply to the MSN program.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

Do I need to provide letters of reference?

If I am a student with a bachelor’s degree from a college/ university outside the U.S., are there other requirements for admission in addition to the GRE?
International students requesting admittance to the MSN program must follow the standards required by the School of Graduate Studies. Evidence of a current license as a professional registered nurse (RN) that allows for practice within the state of Missouri as well as completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing is required for admittance to the MSN program.

What constitutes an official college/university transcript? Do I need to provide one from each college/university/nursing school I have attended?
An official transcript is a sealed document sent directly from the college/university to the School of Graduate Studies (MS4400, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau MO 63701).

You do need to provide one from each school you have attended.

Must I send a transcript if I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University?

I am a registered nurse with an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in nursing with an earned bachelor’s degree in another major from an accredited college/university. Am I eligible to apply for the MSN Program?
No. Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited (ACEN or CCNE) nursing program.

Is admission competitive?
Yes. There are a limited number of seats per annual admissions. Twelve students are admitted into the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option each fall.

What is a Criminal Record Check?
A criminal background check shows evidence of misdemeanor and/or felony offenses. Conviction/disciplinary action may result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal from the program.

How do I know if all of my application materials have been received?
Graduate Admissions will inform you about the status of received materials. They can be reached at (573) 651-2049. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Nursing regarding the status of your MSN application (573) 651-2871.

When and how should I expect to learn about my admission status?
Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible after the April 1st deadline. Only completed applications received by the April 1st deadline will be reviewed at that time. You will receive written notification of Admission decision from the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Nursing as soon as possible after the April 1st deadline. Should you have any questions regarding the status of your application please contact the Department of Nursing's Director of Graduate Studies at (573) 651-2871.


Crisp Hall 213
Department of Nursing
One University Plaza, MS 8300
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701