Admission Criteria for the Auburn University MSN Program

Potential students must meet all the criteria listed in the current Auburn University Graduate School bulletin ( Students may be admitted under two classifications, approved and provisional/conditional. Approved admissions meet all the criteria listed for the Graduate School and any additional criteria of the department, school or college.  Provisional/conditional admission may be granted for students who do not meet certain requirements for admission. Students admitted on a provisional/conditional basis will be fully admitted to the graduate program only when all conditions for admission have been met. Students admitted provisionally/conditionally who fail to satisfy all conditions for admission within the allotted time period will be dismissed from the graduate program.

Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer Semester - March 1st (only full-time Admission)
Fall Semester - June 1st (only part-time Admission)
Spring Semester - October 1st (only part-time Admission)

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor of science degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States
  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Good academic standing from the last university attended
  • Successful completion (C or better) of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Three professional references (online form)
  • Professional goal statement - 500 words
  • Submission of all official transcripts 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae


School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • Students who meet all criteria for approved admission (packet completed and meet above criteria) will be considered for admission.
  • If applicant is currently a student in a BSN program (at time of application), the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the BSN and unencumbered RN license admission requirements with application to the Graduate Program Director. If waiver is approved, the applicant must complete the BSN in good standing prior to enrollment and must obtain the RN license during the first semester of study. These students will be admitted as provisional/conditional until the RN license is obtained. An official transcript indicating completion of the BSN must be submitted directly to the graduate school and documentation of RN license must be submitted to AUSON in order to remove the provisional/conditional status. If a waiver is obtained, these applicants will be considered based on their GPA on their current transcript. 
  • Students may be admitted provisionally/conditionally if otherwise qualified, if the nursing GPA is less than 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Once the student has completed 9 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, the provisional/conditional status will be removed. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the School of Nursing Graduate Programs.
  • The professional goal statement will be evaluated using a rubric developed by the Graduate Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee. Each statement will be evaluated by 2 members of the Graduate APG Committee and applicants to the PCNP track will have at least one NP faculty member on the APG Committee evaluate the goal statement.
  • Students may be interviewed by the Graduate APG Committee and other faculty and/or community members.
  • Students must complete the letter of intent form and required materials by the date indicated on the offer at admission or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documents including a background check and drug screen. All credentialing materials required by Auburn University and the School of Nursing must be completed by the deadline indicated.
  • To progress through the program, all AUSON graduate students must receive a grade of at least a B in all courses. Students earning any two course grades of less than a B will be dismissed from the graduate program. 


For additional information or to discuss any specific aspect of the program or admission requirements contact:

Barbara Wilder, PhD, CRNP
Wells Fargo Endowed Professor
Graduate Program Director
Auburn University