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2016 Fall Application

Important Application Instructions:

Please follow application directions on this page to appy for programs that start Fall 2016.

Graduate Application Instructions

If you have questions during the process, please contact our graduate advisor at (513) 558-3600 or

All materials except official transcripts can be submitted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs  

Please submit official transcript(s) from every post-secondary institution attended to:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

All documents (transcripts, letters of reference) should be sent directly to NursingCAS, not the College of Nursing.  Each of these items MUST be received by NursingCAS on the posted deadline.

State Regulations

Please note that as a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our distance learning program from students residing in the following states:

  • Massachusetts and New York (effective as of June 25, 2012)
  • Louisiana (Nurse-Midwifery Distance Learning program, effective as of October 17, 2012; all other Master of Science in Nursing Distance Learning programs effective as of February 26, 2014)
  • Oregon (effective as of Dec. 18, 2012)
  • Tennessee and District of Columbia (effective as of May 9, 2013)
  • North Carolina (effective as of Dec. 6, 2013)

"The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for Adult­ Gerontology Primary Care, FNP, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP post Masters certificate and Women's Health NP programs."

Application Deadlines

Please note that any application could close early if seat capacity is reached before the application deadline.

Onsite MSN:

The onsite MSN programs admit every fall semester. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Occupational Health Nursing: July 15, 2016

Hybrid MSN:

  • Neonatal: July 15, 2016

Distance Learning MSN:

The distance learning MSN programs admit for each term. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester 2016:
    • Family NP and Adult-Gero Primary Care NP: May 1, 2016
    • Nursing Midwifery and Women's Health NP: May 1, 2016

Submit These Materials

NursingCAS online application: The application must be submitted electronically at , including non-refundable a $65 application fee paid to NursingCAS. Once your application has been completed and transcripts verified, you will be notified via email to create an account and submit a separate non-refundable $65 application fee to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, please add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe sender list. You need to fill out each section in NursingCAS in order to have a complete application.

Copy of RN License (submitted via NursingCAS online application) - Applicants must submit evidence of an active, unrestricted RN license for the state in which they are practicing nursing. Applicants whose RN license is restricted will be considered provided the individual shares the conditions of the restriction set by the board of nursing and the College determines that the academic program can accommodate those restrictions if the applicant is admitted. If admitted, it will be necessary to obtain an Ohio RN License (likewise, the distance learning programs will require an RN license from the state in which you currently live). For more information about obtaining an Ohio RN License, visit Accelerated students will be eligible to earn RN licensing after completing Phase II of their program.

References (submitted via NursingCAS online application) - A minimum of three references are required; we will accept up to six. References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills. Be certain to inform persons who provide recommendations of the deadline for receipt of credentials. You will enter contact information for identified recommenders during the NursingCAS online application.

Official transcripts (sent directly to NursingCAS, NOT to the College of Nursing) -

  • Transcripts should verify Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institutions and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.)
  • To submit transcripts, applicants must use the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form. The Colleges Attended section of the NursingCAS application allows you to print Transcript Request Forms. NursingCAS strongly recommends that you print and advise your registrar's office to attach a Transcript Request Form to your official transcript. This form helps NursingCAS properly match your official transcripts to your NursingCAS application.  If you have any previous names, please make sure to list this information within the Biographic information section and this information will be included in your transcript matching form. Please note if the registrar does not accept this form, it is only recommended, not required.
  • All college transcripts, from each institution that you have attended, must be submitted to Nursing CAS; you do not need to submit your high school transcript. It is highly recommended that all applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline in order to have time to follow up on any problems that might arise. Transcripts do not need to be received by Nursing CAS before you submit your application but must be received by the posted deadline. When entering coursework in NursingCAS, you must enter courses that are in progress or planned for future terms. Once you receive grades for these courses, you must log back into NursingCAS, add the course as a new course, and note the grade earned.
  • Successful completion (C or higher) of an undergraduate statistics course.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Resume (submitted via NursingCAS online application) for security purposes, please do not include your DOB or SSN

Goal Statement (submitted via NursingCAS online application) 


Applicants who are deemed acceptable potential students may be invited for an interview following review of their applications. Interviews are conducted in the department in which the major is located. If distance makes an on-site interview impractical, a telephone interview can be arranged.

The Student Affairs Council takes into consideration all of the requirements related to rendering an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements but whose credentials reveal potential ability for master’s study are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to fulfill specific prerequisites or other conditions of admission prior to an admission decision or admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional admission status requires the student to meet specific requirements before full admission status is granted.

International Students

The International Student Services Office provides assistance to international graduate students and supplies additional information upon receipt of the University application. This information addresses how to obtain a visa, anticipated expenses, health and accident insurance (required), housing and general information concerning the University, as well as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

TOEFL and IELTS Requirement (copy of scores submitted via NursingCAS online application):

Internet based TOEFL: 100 or higher
Computer based TOEFL: 250 or higher
Paper based TOEFL: 600-603
IELTS Overall: 7.0 or higher

For more information, please visit the TOEFL site,

Review Process/Admission Decision

The Student Affairs Council, a committee that meets monthly to consider applicants, determines the final admission decision. Decisions are based on the applicants' experience, references, test scores, GPA and the recommendation of the interviewer. Successful applicants will be e-mailed an acceptance packet, which must be completed and returned by the date indicated in the packet.