MSN Admissions

Use this page for all information and forms for applying for the Master's of Science in Nursing.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission – Applications and transcripts deadline – March 1st
Spring Admission – Applications and transcripts deadline – July 15th
Summer Admission – Applications and transcripts deadline – November 15th

The Primary Application in NursingCAS for Summer and Fall 2018 MSN applications will open on August 23, 2017.

Please do not submit a Supplemental Application until you have a verified Primary Application in NursingCAS.

Post Graduate Certificates - Can apply for spring, summer and fall semesters but admission is dependent on space in the specialty courses. Some specialties have limited availability due to high enrollment.


The primary method of communication by the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Nursing (CON) throughout the application cycle is email. It allows us to easily make contact with you throughout the day and you are able to contact us at a time that is convenient for you. Please ensure that the email address you put on your application is an email address you check several times weekly and that you add to the address book of your email account. This will ensure that email from us will not be sent to your SPAM/JUNK folder.

Graduates from the University of South Alabama Accelerated BSN program at the Baldwin County Campus and graduates from the University of South Alabama RN to BSN/MSN online programs, please email the graduate academic advisor to discuss the appropriate semester for applying and application procedures.

Application Information

A new class of MSN students is admitted each fall, spring and summer semester. Admission into the program is limited and selective. Applications are accepted during the time periods listed above. Applicants are required to complete both a Primary Application and a Supplemental Application.

DNP applicants are required to complete two applications - Primary and Supplemental. The Supplemental Application should be completed AFTER you have completed your NursingCAS application and it has moved through the following stages: received, complete then VERIFIED. Once it is verified you may complete the Supplemental Application.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed Supplemental Application is submitted by the deadline for the semester for which they are applying. If either part of the application is late, USA CON reserves the right to move that application to the next application cycle. Only completed applications will be considered for acceptance.

State Board of Nursing Authorizations

Each State Board of Nursing has requirements for online programs. Due to these requirements, we are not accepting applications from South Dakota and New York at this time.

Admission Requirements for the MSN Programs

To be considered for admission to the MSN programs, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications.
  4. Two years of nursing experience in an area appropriate to designated specialty track prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical courses.
  5. Applicant must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to any MSN program.
  6. All transcripts from USA and Canada must be sent directly from the institution to NursingCAS.
  7. All other foreign transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators. The transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama in lieu of foreign transcripts.

Applicants should refer to the specific program for which they are applying for additional admission requirements. Admission for non-degree students in selective courses may not be available due to class size or required prerequisite.

  • RN to MSN for RN’s with Non-Nursing Bachelor Degree is available to registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing.
  • BSN to MSN is available to Registered Nurses who hold a bachelor of science in nursing degree from an accredited institution.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate is available for Registered Nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced practice nursing.

Admission of International Students

International Students must reside in the United States and have a current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted. Students are required to complete clinicals in the U.S.

Any applicant who has attended a college or university outside of the United States or Canada, must have their official foreign transcripts translated and evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators. The course-by-course transcript evaluation should be sent directly to the College of Nursing in lieu of foreign transcripts.  Please have them mailed to 5721 USA North Drive-HAHN 3068, Mobile, AL 36688-0002.

International students should contact the Office of International Services by email at or by telephone at (251) 460-6050. Deadlines for applications and supporting documents for new international students are usually one month earlier than the deadlines for U. S. citizens. International students are required to complete the internet based TOEFL (minimum acceptable score of 25 on each subsection), or a bachelor’s or graduate degree earned at an accredited United States Institution of higher learning and are required to demonstrate proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Examination administered by the University.

After Admission

Upon admission to the program, The College of Nursing will instruct new students how to submit a drug screen, background check and all medical records including immunizations, physical examination, health insurance, and certifications. All students are admitted pending the results of a drug screen and background check. As part of this packet, new students are required to provide immunization dates or submit titer documentation for: Adult Tetanus (Tdap), Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster), Hepatitis B, and must be current on their annual Tuberculin skin test or laboratory blood test. Please ensure all of this information is easily accessible. Additionally, USA CON requires that all MSN students have a current CPR certification and results of a physical exam that was completed within the past two years. Admission will be withdrawn for students who test positive on the drug screen as per the College of Nursing policy or whose background check would prevent the student from completing residency requirements. Students taking medication prescribed by a medical doctor will submit proper documentation to the MRO (Medical Review Officer) during the process in order to pass the drug screen requirement.  This information should not be sent to the University.

Admission Timeline

Decision Letters will be sent to all applicants at least eight (8) weeks following the application deadline.

Mandatory onsite orientations for NP tracks – Fall term onsite orientations are required when students begin clinical specialty courses. Students will be notified, in advance, of the scheduled dates. Please refer to the specific track’s web page for details on orientations.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the college of nursing at or (251) 445-9400.

Please go to MSN Application Page for additional information on how to apply to our MSN program.