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MS Program Admission

Nursing 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 Nursing 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:

  • Minimum of 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:

  • 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 classes.

  • Current, active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license. 

  • 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


MS Nursing 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 priority due date is March 15th.
    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. Admission notification by May 15, 2024.

    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 Reflection
    [Upload your Self-Reflection to the Graduate Application website either as a pdf or a weblink.]
    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 reflection will be evaluated on critical self-reflection and insight offered, completeness, and clarity. Your reflection may be submitted as a written essay, video, poem, musical lyrics, or any other format that embodies your responses to the questions. You are encouraged to be creative.

    • If admitted, how will you add to the diversity of the community of learners (students and faculty) and to the nursing profession 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.]

    1. 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)

    2. Certifications and licensure

    3. 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])

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

    5. Publications

    6. Presentations

    7. Memberships and activities in professional organizations

    8. List of continuing education experiences in last 3 years (name, date, hours, CE sponsor) Recognitions and awards

5. 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation

Your recommenders will receive an email from the University of Wyoming Admissions (subject line      will read, "your name's request for a recommendation"). Letters must be written on professional        letterhead with an original signature. [Upload first and last names, email addresses, and position titles for your preferred recommenders in the recommender section of the Graduate Application.]

6. Interview
An interview may be required.


Updated: 3/5/2024

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