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Admission Process

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Valid RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least two-years of experience working in nursing or, preferably, nursing management
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to utilize the MSN degree
  • For International Applicants:  
    • TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work

        Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits Nursing Research
    • 3 credits Statistics

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Email: msnonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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