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MS Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions most frequently asked follow. Continue to scroll down the page for answers.

  1. Are there any prerequisite courses for the master's program?

  2. How long does it take to obtain a master’s degree at UW?

  3. I have taken several graduate level courses within the last few years and was wondering if I can transfer those courses into the program.

  4. What are the admission criteria for entering the MS program?

  5. I already have a master’s degree in nursing. Do you have a post-master’s program?

  6. Do I ever need to come to Wyoming to complete coursework for the program?

  7. Is there an orientation to the program?

  8. Is the out of state fee included in the on-line tuition, or is it separate?

  9. I am an out-of-state student. Do I need to apply for a Wyoming RN license even though I will be taking classes on-line and doing my practicum where I reside?

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  1. Are there any prerequisite courses for the master's (MS) program?

    • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program is required or anticipated graduation from a nationally accredited BSN program by the first day of class fall 2020

    • Proof of completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum letter grade of C

    • Graduate courses within the program do have prerequisites.

  2. How long does it take to obtain a master’s degree at UW?

    • The curriculum for the MS Nurse Leadership program is a part-time program of study and can be completed in five semesters.

    • The master's degree is required to be completed within six years (university requirement).

  3. I have taken several graduate level courses within the last few years and was wondering if I can transfer those courses into the program.

    • The University of Wyoming allows students to transfer from other schools up to nine credits of graduate coursework that have not been used to satisfy the requirements of a previous degree and are documented on an official transcript. The graduate degree is required to be completed within six years, meaning that the six-year timeframe is based on the oldest course being applied toward the degree. If a student took graduate courses eight years ago, those would be beyond the limit. If they are transferring courses five years old, then they would need to complete the whole program in one year to have those courses count, since the program cannot go beyond the six-year timeframe.

    • If students want to transfer courses that they think are equivalent to courses required in this program, once accepted into the program, students can petition to have their courses transferred. To do that, they should send copies of their course syllabi (not course descriptions) to the Nurse Leader Program Coordinator, Mary Ann Purtzer (mpurtzer@uwyo.edu), along with a letter asking that the course be reviewed, and for which course/requirement it should be considered.

  4. What are the admission criteria for entering the MS program?

    • The FWWSON MS Program uses a holistic approach to admissions. The program promotes a culture of transformation, focusing on communication, an interconnected global perspective, outcomes orientation, and rural population health. This program serves individuals who desire to be educators or leaders in nursing education and practice. We are committed to maintaining high academic and professional standards. We seek to admit candidates with diversity of experience and background who will respect and engage with the community of learners.

    • Minimum criteria:

      • An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from a nationally accredited BSN program by the first day of class fall 2020

      • Current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license; for summer 2020 BSN graduates, the deadlilne for current, active, unencumbered license is December 2020

      • A minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

      • Students seeking admission into the College of Health Sciences are required to obtain and pay for a criminal background check. The results of your criminal background check may determine if you will be admitted to the program. The background check can be obtained from: https://www.viewpointscreening.com/uwyo

  5. I already have a master’s degree in nursing. Do you have a post-master’s program?

    • No, a post-master's program is not available.

  6. Do I ever need to come to Wyoming to complete coursework for the program?

    • Students are not required to come to campus for couse work. However, an on-campus new student orientation is required (see question 7).

  7. Is there an orientation to the program?

    • An on-campus orientation will be required in late August or early September of the first year.

  8. Is the out of state fee included in the online tuition, or is it separate?

  9. I am an out-of-state student. Do I need to apply for a Wyoming RN license even though I will be taking classes online and doing my practicum where I reside?

    • Students do not need to have Wyoming RN licensure for the MS Program; however, students are required to have an active, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license. Note that for the final semester practicum, RN licensure is needed in the state where the practicum will take place.

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Still have questions?

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Important Note

The GRE is no longer required for admission to the MS Program.

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Out-Of-State Applicants

The implementation of the "Higher Education Act – State Authorization" has affected the admission of out-of-state students in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Nurse Leader (MS) Program, and students from certain states may not be admitted to the program. For information and a list of the states, please click in the following link:
UW Outreach: State Authorization.

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updated 10/25/2019

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