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Graduate Application Instructions

This page provides specific information about each stage of the application process. 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 on the University of Cincinnati Application for Graduate Admission at


    Official transcripts may be mailed to:

    The Graduate School
    University of Cincinnati
    2614 McMicken Circle, 110 Van Wormer Hall
    P.O. Box 210627
    Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627


    Official transcripts will need to be sent to the off-site Admissions Center. Call an Enrollment Advisor at 1-866-225-6764 for the address.

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."

Ohio/Kentucky County Restrictions for Adult-Gerontological Primary Care and FNP MSN Distance Learning Programs

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will be restricting admission applications for local students in two of our MSN Distance Learning specialty programs, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPC-DL) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-DL). Effective March 1, 2015, we will no longer accept distance learning admission applications for the 2015 Summer term and beyond in FNP and AGPC from the following counties: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont in Ohio and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell in Kentucky. The decision to restrict admissions was in response to increased 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. Please refer to our website for additional information related to residential program opportunities and respective application deadlines at

Recommended Completion Guidelines

Onsite MSN:

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

  • December 15, 2014: Deadline for priority consideration, International candidates must apply by this time.
  • February 16, 2015: Final Deadline 
  • Occupational Health Nursing: Closed

Hybrid MSN:

  • Neonatal: Closed

Distance Learning MSN:

The distance learning MSN programs admit for each term, with the exception of Nursing Administration which only admits students every fall semester. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester 2015
    • Family NP: Closed
    • Adult-Gero Primary Care NP: Closed
    • Nursing Midwifery and Women's Health NP: Closed
  • Spring Semester 2016
    • Family NP and Adult-Gero Primary Care NP: October 1, 2015
    • Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health NP: October 1, 2015
  • Summer Semester 2016
    • Family NP: February 15, 2016
    • Adult-Gero Primary Care NP: February 15, 2016
    • Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health NP: February 15, 2016

Submit These Materials

  • University of Cincinnati Application for Graduate Admission - including $65.00 fee, with an additional $5.00 fee for international applicants. The application must be submitted electronically at, under 'Application'.
  • Copy of RN License - 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
  • Three References - 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. Options for submission of references:
    • Within the online University of Cincinnati Application for Graduate Admission, you will provide the name and contact information for those whom you choose to recommend you on the. The University will contact each recommender to solicit their recommendation.
    • You can elect a dossier service to submit recommendations on your behalf. A dossier service is a third-party company to which your recommenders will send their reference letters directly. The company will, in turn, compile the references and submit them to the institutions of your choice. There is a fee associated with the service. To use a dossier service for your Recommenders:
      • Contact your recommenders and have them submit their reference letters directly to the dossier service that you have selected.
      • Provide the dossier company with the following email address:
  • Official transcripts
    • Transcripts should verify: 
      • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution;
      • 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); and
      • successful completion (C or higher) of an undergraduate statistics course.
    • Transcripts must be received from your college in a sealed envelope. Your transcript(s) can be mailed to you and forwarded to the Graduate School. Please request that all of your transcripts be sent to you; do not open the envelope, and forward them all together in one mailer. If you completed coursework at the University of Cincinnati prior to Fall 1999, you must request an official copy of your transcript through the Office of the Registrar. Any coursework completed at UC after 1999 will not require a transcript. Please note: International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
  • Resume (for security purposes, please do not include your DOB or SSN)
  • Goal Statement
  • Additional Requirements for International Students:
    • Internet based TOEFL: 100 or higher
      Computer based TOEFL: 250 or higher
      Paper based TOEFL: 600-603
      IELTS Overall: 7.0 or higher
    • Writing Sample
    • Transcript evaluated by World Education Services.


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:

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.