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Start Dates

The MSN program starts twice a year in February and August.

  • February 2, 2015.  Application deadline January 19, 2015. (Residency dates TBA)

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are expected to complete all Spring Arbor University General Admission Requirements (see general admission portion of graduate catalog). The MSN specific program requirements are:
  • A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA for previous college credits
  • Research – Nursing related e.g. NUR452 (SAU course)
  • Statistics – 300-level or above
  • Computer literacy – Blackboard exam or equivalent coursework
  • An unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state or country in which the nurse practices (Note: License must remain current throughout program)
  • Two reference letters (one from nursing professional; one either character or academic related)
  • MSN graduate Goal Statement:
    • Summarize your nursing-related educational and professional activities.
    • Explain your rationale for seeking a graduate nursing degree.
    • Articulate the personal challenges and approaches to managing graduate school, work, and outside commitments.
    • Provide two to three word-processed pages, 12 pt. font, 1” margins, APA style cover page.
    • Email your goal statement to msn_ws@arbor.edu and terri.swihart@arbor.edu
  • Successful admission interview