If you have questions during the application process, contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

Application Deadlines

Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN Deadlines by Semester Start
Spring Summer Fall
Sept. 15 March 1 (Application window opens Oct. 7)

Application Requirements

All materials, except official transcripts, must be submitted electronically within NursingCAS, the online application platform. Submit transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471. Send all documents directly to NursingCAS, not the College of Nursing. Items must be received by NursingCAS by the posted deadline.

Online Application

Submit an application electronically at, including a non-refundable $65 application fee paid to NursingCAS. You need to fill out each section in NursingCAS for your application to be considered complete.

Once your application has been completed and transcripts verified, you will receive an email notification to create an account and submit a separate, non-refundable $70 application fee ($75 for international applicants) to the University of Cincinnati. When creating an account, add NursingCAS email addresses to your safe-sender list.


Submit a minimum of three references in NursingCAS. References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills. Be certain to inform recommenders of the deadline for receipt of credentials. You will enter contact information for identified recommenders in the NursingCAS online application.


Submit official transcripts directly to NursingCAS, not to the College of Nursing.

  • Transcripts should verify your previous Bachelor'€™s degree (in a field other than nursing), conferred from regionally accredited institutions and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for the bachelor's degree earned.
  • To submit transcripts, applicants should 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. Note: This form is 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 also enter courses that are in progress or planned for future terms (if registered). 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.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Are You A Former UC Student?

Former UC students applying to a UC nursing program in NursingCAS can request their UC transcript be sent directly from the College of Nursing to NursingCAS. To use this optional service, email your admissions counselor directly, or email for a UC Transcript Request Form. (This is not the same as the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form.) You must submit a UC Transcript Request Form via email no later than three weeks before the program deadline to guarantee your request will be honored.

Please note:

  • This service is not available to former students applying to multiple institutions in NursingCAS or those not applying to UC in NursingCAS.
  • Applicants still must send official transcripts from institutions other than UC to NursingCAS.
  • This service is by request only, and applicants must submit a UC Transcript Request Form to initiate any action.


Submit your resumes in NursingCAS. For security purposes, do not include your date of birth or Social Security number.

Goal Statement

Submit a goal statement in NursingCAS.

Prerequisite Courses

To enter the program, students must achieve a grade of B-minus or above in the courses listed below. In addition, courses must have been completed within the past 10 years. Pharmacology must have been completed within the past year.  

Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology I and II (semesters) or I, II and III (quarters)
Human Development
Human Growth and Development or Child Development

Microbiology (Elementary Bacteriology)*


Pharmacology with Nursing Component***


Nutrition for Health and Nutrition Disease****
Statistics (Psychology-based statistics not accepted)

* If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Anatomy & Physiology I.
** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Anatomy & Physiology I and II.
*** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Pathophysiology.
**** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, this requirement is satisfied with one course.

GRE Test Score

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) provides important information concerning aptitude for graduate study. Substantial review is recommended for proper preparation. GRE scores must be less than five years old at the time of application. For more information, visit For information about UC's test prep class, call (513) 556-4194 or email For answers to additional questions, contact Testing Services at (513) 556-7173. Test prep books for the GRE can be purchased at most bookstores. The GRE is waived for those who already hold an advance degree (i.e. master's or doctoral).


At times, applicants are invited for an in-person interview, following review of their application. If distance makes an onsite interview impractical, a telephone interview can be arranged.

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, visit the TOEFL site,