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  • Important: GRE not required for MS admission!

  • Out-of-State Applicants: Implementation of "Higher Education Act – State Authorization" affects out-of-state students' admission in the FWWSON Nurse Leader (MS) Program. Students from certain states may not be admitted to the program. For info/list of states, click below:

    UW Outreach: State Authorization

Questions most frequently asked follow...

  • 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 in the fall.

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

  • Graduate courses within the program do have prerequisites.

  • In addition, in order to be admitted, an applicant must meet UW graduate education admission requirements (minimum GPA 3.0).

  • 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).

  • 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 Graduate Program Coordinator, Dawn Carver (, along with a letter asking that the course be reviewed, and for which course/requirement it should be considered.


The FWWSON MS Program uses a holistic approach to admissions. The program promotes a culture of transformation, rurality/frontier, service, comprehensive global healthcare system perspective, and clinical scholarship. 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 in the fall

  • Current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license; for summer 2022 BSN graduates, the deadline for current, active, unencumbered license is December 2022

  • 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:

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

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

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

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.

Please email your questions to or call 307-766-6565 and we will be happy to give you answers!

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