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MSN Admissions

MSN Admission Requirements & Policies

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Academic & Licensure Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree
  • Undergraduate coursework in health assessment, pathophysiology, and research
  • Completion of a graduate-level (500 or above) statistics course is encouraged.
  • The equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience (or 1,872 hours) as a registered nurse before enrolling in NU 590 Complex Care Management Practicum

Conditional Admission

An undergraduate nursing GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission to the graduate program. The student must achieve a grade of B or higher in the first two graduate courses in order to progress in the program.

Application Process

To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application for graduate admission.
  • Submit a current resume documenting work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional education experiences. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Submit a goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals, including how graduate nursing study at Baker University will enable achievement of these goals. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Provide reference forms to three people, including one from academia and two from profession or work.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to or mailed to Baker University, Attn: SPGS Admissions, P.O. Box 65, 615 Dearborn St., Baldwin City, KS 66006

An individual interview may be requested or required.

Transfer Credits


Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission to Baker University may, if pertinent to the plan of study and determined to be equivalent to required course work, be accepted in transfer. Transfer credit is limited to 6 credits taken within the last five years in which the student received a grade of B or above. Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the assistant dean within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six-week timeframe will not be accepted. After admission to the graduate nursing program, all credits toward the MSN degree must be completed at Baker University. Transferred grade points are not included in the calculation of the Baker University GPA.

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International Students

Applicants to the MSN program will be reviewed on an individual basis. The applicant should contact the assistant dean with all inquiries.


Dr. Jeanne Mann, Assistant Dean
785.354.5837 |