Application Information

Thank you for your interest in University of Cincinnati College of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing programs. We look forward to receiving your application for admission.

Get Answers to Your Application Questions

If you have questions throughout the application process, contact UC College of Nursing's graduate advisor at (513) 558-3600 or

Submit Your Materials

All materials, except official transcripts, are accepted 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

Send all documents (e.g., transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) directly to NursingCAS, not the College of Nursing. Each required item must be received by NursingCAS on the posted deadline. A list of required documents is included on this page.

State and County Restrictions for Online Master's Programs

State Regulations

As a result of state boards of nursing and the U.S. Department of Education's higher education regulation changes, UC College of Nursing cannot accept applications for our online programs from students who live in the following states:

  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee

For the state of Washington: 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 AdultĀ­ 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.

County Restrictions for Ohio and Kentucky:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family Nurse Practitioner Online

UC College of Nursing restricts applications for local students in two of our distance learning master's specialty programs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-DL) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-DL).

The college does not accept applications for these programs from the following counties:


  • Butler
  • Hamilton
  • Clermont
  • Warren


  • Boone
  • Campbell
  • Kenton

This restriction is a result of local competition for preceptors and viable regional clinical sites in primary care. Students who reside in the above counties are encouraged to apply to our onsite programs. Refer to our Academic Programs page for additional information related to residential program opportunities and respective application deadlines.

Application Deadlines

Please note: Applications could close early, if programs reach capacity before the deadline date.

On-site and Hybrid Master's Programs

Master's programs offered on the University of Cincinnati campus admit students every fall semester.

Fall 2017 Deadlines:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care - May 15, 2017
  • Neonatal - May 15, 2017
  • Occupational Health - June 1, 2017

Online Master's Programs

Online master's programs admit students each term.

Fall 2017 Deadlines:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care - May 15, 2017
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - May 15, 2017
  • Nursing Midwifery - May 15, 2017
  • Women's Health - May 15, 2017

Required Work Experience

  • Nurse Midwifery: One year of experience in maternal/child nursing (preferably in labor and delivery), including gynecology, pediatrics, NICU, newborn nursery and postpartum.
  • Neonatal: A minimum of one year of acute-care nursing practice. Qualifying acute-care experiences include: Level II-III NICU, Pediatric ICU or Cardiac ICU.
  • Other MSN Programs: One year or more of RN work preferred.

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 must 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) -

  • Submission of official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended are required. All transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS. (High school transcripts are not needed.) It is highly recommended that applicants submit the application and request transcripts at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow time to follow up on any potential issues. Transcripts are not needed at the same time an application is submitted, but must be received by the posted deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a 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.) Those who have no earned a BSN by the application deadline are not eligible to apply.
  • 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.
  • 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 date of birth or Social Security number.

Goal Statement (submitted via NursingCAS online application) 

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.