MSN for Registered Nurses (RN-MSN) - Admissions

As a practice, the School of Nursing and Health Professions takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We look at every applicant’s story — academic and personal — to select students who are eager to develop the skills to take on the challenges of modern health care systems.

A variety of materials determines whether or not a course of study is a good match for a student. In addition to grades and test scores, the following factors are considered as part of admission to the MSN for Registered Nurses program: employment background, previous academic coursework and preparedness, research interests, and long-term professional goals.

Application Deadlines

The online option of the MSN program accepts applications for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. The hybrid option at the Pleasanton campus will be accepting applications for Fall 2020.



The MSN for Registered Nurses entry point is suitable for individuals who currently hold a Registered Nurse (RN) License. This includes Registered Nurses (RNs) who who hold a baccalaureate or associate degree in nursing as well as RNs from other academic backgrounds. The following prerequisites are required to be considered for admission:

  • Active unencumbered RN License documentation (must reflect state where applicant plans to complete practicum hours). 
  • Applicants interested in the online option must reside in one of our approved states. See the State Authorization section of this page below.

Application Requirements & Steps

The application process is entirely online. Please do not mail any application materials. You can simply upload all of your application items to your application account. Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions at

Application Steps

  1. Completed online application and $55 fee
  2. For individuals choosing to apply for the MSN for Registered Nurses entry point, please provide documentation of your Active unencumbered RN License. (Must reflect the state where you plan to complete practicum hours)  
    Please note: Registered Nurse License information is only required for individuals who chose the MSN for Registered Nurses entry point.
  3. Unofficial Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended: We require the proof of completion of Completion of an undergraduate nursing degree (ADN or BSN) from an accredited institution. Official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded through the online application form. Transcripts must reflect the name of the institution attended, degree earned, grades earned and GPA. Applicants should ensure that all transcripts are readable once uploaded. Submission of official transcripts is ONLY required for all admitted students who decide to enroll. We require translated transcripts for all international applicants.
  4. Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  5. Personal Statement: Your MSN for Registered Nurses personal statement is your chance to tell us more about yourself.  Some topics that you can discuss are why you want to continue your education, your professional goals, and why you want to attend USF.
  6. Professional resumé
  7. Two letters of recommendation: In the online form, enter the names and e-mail addresses for recommenders. They will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions to upload their letter.  Please note that letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed by the recommender.

For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, a passport copy, and TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information. TEAS or GRE test is NOT required.

Please note that we are not accepting international application for our Online RN to MSN program at this time.

Application Materials

All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. The School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions does not accept mailed materials. 

Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions at

RN- MSN: Frequently Asked Application questions:

Please review the frequently asked questions and answers below about the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for Registered Nurses (RNs). For general questions about our Master of Science program please review our MSN General FAQ page.

Where do I get the application for the program? Do I have to apply online?

Our application is entirely online. Use the online application to upload all supplemental documents (transcripts, resume, personal statement) and to supply the names and email addresses of recommenders online. Recommenders will upload the letter online via a prompt they will receive via email. Transcripts can be unofficial as long as they are readable and include all courses, GPA and school names.

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What is the minimum GPA requirement? Do I still have a chance of being accepted if I have a lower GPA?

The minimum recommended GPA is 3.0.

We take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. We do not base acceptance solely on grades or any other single factor. We look at the whole application packet to make a decision.

Any applicant applying with less than a 3.0 GPA should include in their personal statement an explanation of their past grades and why they have the ability to be successful in the program.

RN-MSN applicants accepted with less than a 3.0 GPA or if accepted conditionally due to writing deficiencies, students are required to take a two (2) credit graduate-level course in the first semester (NURS 500 and NURS 501). 

Do you require the GRE or TEAS test?

No, USF's School of Nursing and Health Professions does not require the GRE or TEAS test.

Where is the RN-MSN program offered?

We currently offer the RN-MSN program in Pleasanton - hybrid option (Fall 2020) and Online - 100% online option (Spring 2020 and Fall 2020). Start dates and class days vary from campus location to campus location.

Fall Application Priority Deadline: June 15 (deadline extended)
Locations: Pleasanton and Online

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How much is the program?

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2019-20 academic year rate is $1,480 per credit. You can expect to pay about $2,500 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition, there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $70 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course

Does USF offer financial aid or scholarships?

We do offer substantial financial aid. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 in federal loans per academic year. You can apply for Graduate PLUS loans to make up the remainder of the cost. We have select scholarships through the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Visit our webpage, Financing Your Education, for a list of current funding opportunities. It is best to look online through a search engine for appropriate scholarships or grants.

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Do you require the GRE, TEAS or any other tests?

No, we do not.

As an international nurse applicant, what are the requirements?

International nurses are required to have a valid California RN license in order to be eligible to apply. You are also required to submit transcripts evaluated by WES, IERF, or similar transcript evaluation agency in the US. Upon evaluation completion, you may apply to the program through the online application. Please upload 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume, copy of your RN license, a Certificate of Finance, and an official TOEFL or IELTS score. Please refer to our International Graduate Students webpage for application instructions and score requirements.

Note: We cannot accept international applications for the Online program at this time. Please consider applying to the Pleasanton location.

How often do you accept applications? What are the deadlines? Do you accept applications on a rolling basis?

We accept applications twice a year, yet this varies depending on campus location and program. Please refer to our deadlines page for an up-to-date list of program start dates and locations. The application deadlines are June 15 (deadline extended) for Fall and October 15 for Spring.

How can I find the semester timelines?

Please refer to the five year academic calendar to see when each semester starts and ends and when you will have your holiday breaks.

When do applicants find out if they have been accepted?

We let you know approximately four to six weeks after the deadline, assuming all supporting documents have been received.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.