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MS Program Admission

Admission Criteria / Application


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Before applying to our program, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions to make sure that our program meets your needs.


MS Program Criteria

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.

Minimal Criteria:

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a nationally accredited program or anticipated graduation from nationally accredited BSN program

  • Current, 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

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

Preferred Criteria:

  • Minimum of 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)


MS Program Admission

Application Documents

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the application is complete prior to the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Graduate Application: MS application due date is June 30, 2017.
    Click into the "Graduate Application Website" directly below and submit application items online. With the exception of official transcripts, ALL items must be submitted online. Hard copies are not accepted.

    Graduate Application Website
    For technical difficulties (e.g., login/password questions, trouble uploading documents, etc.), please contact UW Admissions at (307) 766-5160 or 1(800) 342-5996.

  2. Transcripts - from all previously attended colleges and universities. If the University of Wyoming (UW) is the last college that you attended, there is no need to request your transcripts, because UW will have all of your transcripts on file.

    Official transcripts:
    ...should be mailed directly from your schools to...
    UW Graduate Admissions
    Department 3435
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY 82071

  3. Self-Reflective Essay
    [Upload your Self-Reflective Essay to the Graduate Application website.]
    Critical self-reflection is an important component of the UW MS program. Critical self-reflection entails looking inward, and identifying and examining your personal assumptions and perspectives. Please respond to all of the following questions. Your essay will be evaluated on critical self-reflection and insight offered, and completeness and readability. Recommended essay length is one to two pages.

    • If admitted, how will you add to the diversity of the community of learners (fellow students and faculty) in terms of your background, experience, and personal attributes?

    • What is your long-term vision for your nursing career?

    • Is there anything you would like to comment on regarding your application?

  4. Curriculum vita (CV)
    [Upload your vita to your Graduate Application Form.]

    • Employment history
      - Nursing jobs or experiences (may include volunteer work)—(duties, dates of employment, approximate # hours)
      - Employment if different from above (duties, dates of employment, approximate # of hours)

    • Certifications and licensure

    • Teaching experiences (institution, course names and course levels [Associate’s Bachelor’s, Graduate], applicant's role in course, course format [e.g., online, face to face])

    • Academic history (schools and location of schools, degree, major, graduation month and year)

    • Publications

    • Presentations

    • Memberships and activities in professional organizations

    • List of continuing education experiences in last 3 years (name, date, hours, CE sponsor)

    • Recognitions and awards

  5. Interview
    An interview may be required.

Physical Requirements

All graduate nursing students must be able to perform the essential functions of a nurse. Reasonable accommodations are afforded to student nurses with disabilities as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Faculty and staff from the School of Nursing work with staff from the University Disability Support Services to determine what constitute reasonable accommodations.


Updated: 6/8/2017


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