Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply to the MSN programs?

Individuals who have previously earned a Bachelors degree in Nursing and hold a current RN license are eligible for graduate level study. Some specialty areas require a certain minimum amount of time in practice, and some require previous nursing experience in a specific area of nursing. Please consult the specialty program of your choice for specific admission requirements.
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How much of a time commitment does the MSN program require?

The MSN programs are delivered in a variety of ways to maximize the convenience demanded by our busy students. Programs can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. Generally full-time students complete the programs in two years, while part-time students take longer, depending on the number of courses they can take in any given term. Students are required to complete their degree within five years of matriculation into the program. Further, to maintain enrollment in graduate programs students must enroll in at least one course per year.
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What kind of learning experiences will I encounter in the MSN program?

Much like your undergraduate nursing degree program, the MSN curriculum is comprised of both coursework and practicum requirements in actual health care settings. Regardless of whether you're enrolled in an on-campus or online program, you're able to take courses online, providing immense flexibility.
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Will I gain any kind of certification at the end of the MSN degree program?

Several of our MSN specialty areas require certification to practice as advanced practice nurses upon graduation. Please consult the specialty program of your choice for specific admission requirements.
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What financial aid opportunities are available to MSN students?

Onsite MSN students compete with other College of Nursing graduate students for University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and graduate assistantships. Distance learning students are not eligible for these opportunities. Applications for scholarships offered by the College of Nursing can be submitted each spring semester.

Additional information on financial aid and scholarships.
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How do I get started applying for the MSN program?

You’ll need to begin submitting the required application materials, including the University of Cincinnati graduate school application. For a complete list of admission requirements please consult this page.
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