MSN Admission

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study as established by the university and the following requirements established by the College of Nursing.

Students who are not accepted to a specific concentration may keep their application active for one year and re-apply to a different concentration during the next application cycle. Students will not be considered for alternate concentrations in the same application period and must wait for the next application cycle.

Information about the graduate school at East Carolina University can be found at their website. The direct link to the application website, where you can create an account and apply online, can be found there.

Some general requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited nursing program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate studies and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in nursing major.
  • Currently non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or a NCSBN-compact state.
  • A written statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree’s relations to those goals.
  • Three professional references.
  • A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty.
  • A course in statistics with a grade of “C” or higher and computer literacy are pre-requisites for all concentrations in nursing.

Some concentrations have specific requirements for admission. For concentration-specific requirement, please visit that concentrations web pages on this site.

Requirements for Clinical Courses:

Information regarding clinical requirements can be found in the ECU College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. Upon admission, all graduate students are required to complete a criminal background check. Students will receive specific instructions from the Office of Student Services to complete this process.

The College of Nursing may allow non-degree graduate students to be enrolled in core courses as space permits. A student with interest in taking nursing graduate courses prior to applying/acceptance into a graduate nursing program should apply to the ECU Graduate School as a non-degree student. Once accepted as a non-degree student, the student may request registration from the graduate non-degree student advisor, Dr. Amy Jnah, Acceptance as a non-degree student and completing core courses does not imply acceptance into any nursing graduate program.