Application Deadlines

The application window for programs could close early, if maximum capacity is reached.

Master of Science in Nursing Deadlines by Semester Start
  Spring Summer Fall
On Campus Programs
Sept. 3* N/A March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)
Online Programs Sept. 3** Jan. 6 (Priority)**
Feb. 3 (Final)**
March 2 (Priority)
April 1 (Final)

Online Applicant Restrictions

State Restrictions

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:

  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee

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 Adult- Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric-Mental Health and Women's Health programs.

County Criteria

Applicants for the Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MSN
who reside in one of the counties listed below can take up to 100 percent of courses online, however, should complete the onsite application. Applicants who live outside these counties should complete the online application.

- Ohio: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren
- Kentucky: Boone, Kenton, Campbell

Required Work Experience

Experience requirements vary by specialty program. For details, view respective program pages.

Required Application Materials

All materials except official transcripts can be submitted electronically via NursingCAS, the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs. Submit official transcripts and all documents directly to Nursing CAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471. Materials must be received by the posted deadline. If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

NursingCAS Application

Submit an online application at NursingCAS, along with a non-refundable $70 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 $70 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

Submit (via NursingCAS) 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 the academic program can accommodate those restrictions. If admitted, on-campus students must obtain an Ohio RN license. Online students must obtain an RN license from the state in which they currently live. For more information about obtaining an Ohio RN license, visit


Submit (via NursingCAS) a minimum of three references; the college 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 within the NursingCAS online application.


Submit (via NursingCAS) an updated resume. For security purposes, please do not include your date of birth or Social Security number.

Goal Statement

Submit (via NursingCAS) a personal goal statement.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly to NursingCAS, not the College of Nursing.

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended. (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 conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last degree earned. (A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.) Those who have not earned a BSN by the application deadline are not eligible to apply.
  • To submit transcripts, applicants are strongly encouraged to use the NursingCAS Transcript Matching Form. The "Colleges Attended" section of the NursingCAS application allows applicants 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 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.
  • NursingCAS offers Professional Transcript Entry Service, by which applicants can have NursingCAS specialists enter their coursework entry on their behalf at a cost. (See additional information below.) It is the responsibility of the applicant to order their official transcript(s) from every institution of higher education ever attended and have them sent directly to NursingCAS. The Professional Transcript Entry Service does not include ordering official transcripts on behalf of the applicant. Only the applicant can order his or her transcripts.
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate statistics course with at least at C grade.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Professional Transcript Entry Service

If you do not wish to enter all of your coursework yourself, NursingCAS offers applicants applying to a program that requires full transcript entry the option to have coursework professionally entered on their behalf by their specialists for an additional fee. NursingCAS coursework entry staff is available to enter all completed coursework taken at an accredited school on its school list. Given the nature of Not-Listed Schools, foreign coursework and planned/in-progress courses, this work is not eligible for professional transcript entry and must be entered by the applicant.

To take advantage of this service, visit the NursingCAS Professional Transcript Entry page. The cost for NursingCAS professional transcript entry service is $65 for one to three transcripts, $90 for four to six transcripts, and $140 for seven transcripts or more. These fees are for coursework entry only and are in addition to NursingCAS regular application fees. As this is an optional service, no fee waivers are available for professional transcript entry.

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,