Ready to Take the Next Step toward a Career in Nursing?

Connect with an advisor to learn more about the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing's Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing.


  • Create a plan to complete your prerequisite courses for the program.
  • Navigate the application and admission process.
  • Find scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
  • Get updated on important deadlines.


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Our program provides college graduates with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing the opportunity to earn a master’s in nursing and become a licensed registered nurse in only five semesters.

Our students benefit from our close partnerships with UC’s colleges of allied health, medicine and pharmacy, which make up the Greater Cincinnati region’s only Academic Health Center and provide opportunities for interprofessional learning and collaboration.

The college also provides many clinical experiences at sites within close proximity (most within walking distance), small class sizes and built-in NCLEX nurse licensure exam preparation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Without prerequisites, the program is five consecutive semesters, and courses are offered in a sequence.


No, you can complete prerequisites at another institution or transfer college credit from an accredited school, if you attended in the past 10 years. Check with our advisor prior to registering for a course at another institution to ensure it is equivalent to the UC-offered course. You must earn a minimum B-minus grade for all prerequisite courses.


The program begins twice a year, once in the spring semester and again in the summer semester, with 48 seats per cohort. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis with students qualified for placement. For each admission cycle, we carry a waitlist until the cohort is full. Applicants remaining on the waitlist will be placed in the next starting cohort.


On-campus MSN students compete with other graduate students for University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and graduate assistantships. Applicants for scholarships offered by the college can be submitted each spring semester.