MSN Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Admissions Questions

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Questions about distance and eLearning (Internet/online)

There are many courses that are available online or as blended (online/classroom) courses.

Questions about plans of study, progression through the program and advising

No. Part-time study is not recommended. Students are encouraged to follow the curricular pattern on the Web site. Contact the Nursing Department’s director of graduate studies prior to any change in your program of study to discuss the issues/consequences.

Courses are offered in a prescribed sequence. That sequence allows for very limited flexibility in a student’s program of study.

The FNP option of the MSN Program can be completed in two calendar years involving five (5) consecutive semesters.

The MSN program must be completed within six years. Students may formally request an extension. This extension requires approval by the Graduate Program Committee within the Department of Nursing as well as the University's Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students in the FNP option must earn a grade of “B” or higher in NS625 Advanced Pharmacology, NS636 Advanced Pathophysiology and NS628 Advanced Health Assessment in order to enroll in the first FNP specialty course – NS638 Primary Care I: Family. A minimum grade of "B" or higher is required to successfully complete NS638 Primary Care I, NS648 Primary Care II, NS649 Primary Care II Practicum, and NS659 Primary Care III Clinical Role Practicum.

This answer varies from student to student. Full-time work is not encouraged. A weekend option work schedule may be helpful if full-time employment is necessary.

The Department of Nursing adheres to the University calendar and the deadlines of the Graduate School.

Questions about scholarships and financial aid

The Department of Nursing offers traineeships (pending funds from HRSA). In addition, graduate assistantships are available.

Complete the FAFSA and contact the financial aid office (573) 651-2590.

Questions about Transfer Credits for Courses

The director of graduate studies will review courses during the admissions process based on a written request by the applicant. If the courses are deemed equivalent to the Southeast MSN courses, they may be transferred. No more than 12 credit hours of equivalent course work with a grade of "B" or better may be transferred. Transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and is applied to a program at candidacy. Before enrolling for credit at another institution, prior approval must be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies if currently enrolled in the MSN program. It is important to note that the six-year time frame for completion of the degree begins with the oldest transferred course.

Students are responsible for submitting a complete course syllabus for consideration of any transfer credit. This material is then reviewed by the appropriate nursing faculty who will notify the Director of Graduate Studies regarding equivalence.

Program Costs


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