Admission Criteria for the Auburn University MSN Program

Applicants must meet all criteria listed in the current Auburn University Graduate School bulletin ( Applicants may be admitted under one of two statuses, approved or as an exception. Approved admissions meet all the criteria listed for the Graduate School and any additional criteria of the department, school or college.  Exception status admission could possibly be granted for applicants that do not meet certain requirements for admission. Applicants admitted as an exception will be fully admitted to the Nursing Graduate Program only when all requirements for admission have been satisfied. Students admitted as an exception who fail to satisfy all requirements for admission within the specified time period will be dismissed from the Nursing Graduate Program.

Admission to the MSN Program is competitive and enrollment is limited. Full-time nurse educator students can complete their plan of study in three semesters with summer admission. Full-time primary care nurse practitioner students can complete their plan of study in six semesters with summer admission. Part-time students' program completion time will vary based on required pre-requisites and how part-time the student plans to be. All graduate work towards a graduate degree must be completed within a period of 5 calendar years from enrollment into the first graduate course. 

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


Admission Criteria

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university or approved request for waiver (see School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression below)
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States, the state in which student plans to participate in any clinical experience or received request for waiver (see School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression below)
  • BSN Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Good academic standing from last university attended
  • Successful completion (C or better) of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Three professional references for online recommendation form
  • Professional Goal Statement - 500 words - This statement will include reasons for pursuing this degree and program option, past experience, career goals, and past achievements. The statement will be uploaded with application in Apply Yourself. 
  • Submission of all official transcripts to the Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL, 36849. Transcripts sent to the School of Nursing will not be forwarded. 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal interview with faculty member may be required


School of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • Applicants that meet all criteria (completed application and meet all above requirements) will be considered for approved admission.
  • If applicant is currently a student in last semester of a  BSN program (at time of application), the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the BSN and unencumbered RN license admission requirements to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Barbara Wilder at for approval by the Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee.  If waiver request is approved and applicant is admitted, the student must complete the BSN in good standing prior to enrollment and must obtain the RN license during the first semester of study. These applicants will be admitted under the exception status 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 AU School of Nursing before the student will be a fully approved admission. If a waiver is obtained, these applicants will be considered based on the Nursing GPA on their current BSN transcript. 
  • Applicants may possibly be admitted under the exception status, if otherwise qualified, if the BSN 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 student will be considered a fully approved admission. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the School of Nursing Graduate Program.
  • 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 from the APG Committee evaluate the goal statement.
  • Students must complete the Letter of Intent form sent by the AU School of Nursing, accept enrollment from the Graduate School by logging back into their application, and meet all credentialing requirements by the deadline indicated on the offer at admission, or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documentation and must complete a background check and drug screen. All credentialing documentation, background check, drug screen, and any requirements by Auburn University and/or School of Nursing must be completed by the deadline indicated, prior to registering for courses.
  • To progress through the program, all AU School of Nursing 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
AU School of Nursing


Jennifer Edwards
Administrative Support Specialist II
AU School of Nursing Graduate Programs