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Application Process and Deadlines For Master's Degree Concentrations

To learn more about the application process and deadlines for our Master's degree programs, please select the link below that best describes your educational background.

Please note: the Nurse Anesthesia concentration has a separate application process.

  • I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor's degree

    Application Process

    Applicants who meet the admission requirements may follow these steps in order to apply:

    1. Submit a USF Admissions Application

      Submit an application to Graduate Admissions. For questions regarding Graduate Admissions, please call (813) 974-8800 or check the website.

    2. Submit a College of Nursing Application

      Complete the on-line College of Nursing application. For questions contact: University of South Florida College of Nursing (813) 974-2191 or nurstudent@health.usf.edu.

      Please note: A U-number is required in order to submit the College of Nursing application. Individuals who have completed step 1 (applied to USF admissions) will receive an email from USF on how to access their U-number within 48 hours. Once a U-number is established, it may take an additional 48 hours for the USF system to upload to the Nursing system. Therefore, individuals should allow up to 4 days after applying to USF before attempting to apply to the College of Nursing.

    3. Submit required documentation

      All required documentation should be sent in one packet directly to the College of Nursing, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 22, Attn: Nursing Graduate Admissions, Tampa, FL 33612.

      All required documents must be submitted in one complete packet to the College of Nursing Graduate Office. Incomplete packets or individual documents will not be accepted and will be discarded. All documents must be received no later than 5:00 pm on the posted deadline for the desired term of entry. Any application lacking one or more documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for admission.

      Application Checklist (use this checklist to help you through the application steps)

      Required Documents to be included in packet:
      • Resume (applicants must use template)
      • 3 sealed recommendation forms (applicants must use template)
      • Personal Statement
      • Sealed official transcripts from all institutions of higher education you attended. *Electronic transcripts cannot be accepted by the College of Nursing.

      *Optional Requirement: Not all schools are willing to send official transcripts directly to the student. If this is the case, you must submit proof of transcript request in your packet.

      Graduate applicants may be required to have an interview with the appropriate program director or designee.

      All coursework and degrees completed outside the United States require a course by course evaluation from an approved evaluating agency. Foreign transcript evaluation services approved by the USF Graduate School can be found online. Please note that the Florida Board of Nursing maintains its own list of approved evaluating agencies. Transcript evaluations must be received at the College of Nursing in their original sealed envelopes by the deadlines posted below.

      International applicants must meet the Graduate School requirements for the TOEFL.

    Application Deadlines

    All three steps in the application process must be completed by 5:00 pm on the deadline for the application term.

    Term Application Open Deadline to Apply
    Fall 2014 July 15, 2013 February 15, 2014*
    Spring 2015 February 15, 2014 October 1, 2014

    *The February 15th deadline for the MSN program indicates the earliest date when the College will begin accepting students. After February 15th, applications to the MSN program will be accepted until May 15th on a space available basis.

    Master's Concentration Admission Terms
    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Fall/Spring
    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Fall/Spring
    Interdisciplinary Dual Degree MS/MPH in Occupational Health (MS/MPH) Fall
    Dual Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MS only) Fall
    Clinical Nurse Leader On hold
    Family Nurse Practitioner Fall/Spring
    Nursing Education Fall
    Dual Oncology/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Fall
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Fall

    All information contained in this document is for informational purposes only and is superseded by the catalog for your intended term of entry.

  • I am a Registered Nurse without a Bachelor's degree

    Application Process

    Follow the steps below to successfully apply for the RN-MS sequence (current USF students may skip steps one and two):

    1. Submit a USF Admissions Application

      Submit a degree-seeking transfer application to Undergraduate Admissions. Once you have submitted the USF undergraduate application, you will be emailed a university identification number (UID). The UID is required for step three. For questions regarding undergraduate admissions (including USF deadlines), please call (813) 974-3350 or check the website.

    2. Submit official transcripts

      Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended directly to the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC1036, Tampa, FL 33620-6900. Transcripts will not be considered until they are received, opened, and processed in the system by the Undergraduate Admissions office.

    3. Submit a College of Nursing SOAR Application

      Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, and have been admitted as an undergraduate pre-nursing student at USF, complete the online College of Nursing application. The SOAR application requires a university identification number (UID) to apply.

      Please note: If you are still completing your pre-requisite coursework, have not yet graduated with your ASN degree, or have not yet received your RN license, please wait to apply through SOAR. The College of Nursing can only consider applicants who meet all the minimum criteria.

    4. Submit required documentation

      All required documentation should be sent in one packet directly to the College of Nursing, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 22, Attn: Nursing Undergraduate Admissions, Tampa, FL 33612.

      All required documents must be submitted in one complete packet to the College of Nursing Undergraduate Office. Incomplete packets or individual documents will not be accepted and will be discarded. All documents must be received no later than 5:00 pm on the posted deadline for the desired term of entry. Any application lacking one or more documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for admission.

      • Resume (applicants must use template)
      • 3 sealed recommendation forms (applicants must use template)
      • Personal Statement
      • Official (or unofficial) transcript from ASN degree granting institution (this is separate from the official transcript requirement of USF Undergraduate Admissions).

      Applicants may be required to have an interview with the appropriate program director or designee.

    Application Deadlines

    All four steps in the application process must be completed by 5:00 pm on the deadline for the application term.

    Term Application Open Deadline to Apply
    Fall 2014 November 15, 2013 February 15, 2014*

    *The February 15th deadline for the RN- MS program indicates the earliest date when the College will begin accepting students. After February 15th, applications to the MSN program will be accepted until May 15th on a space available basis.

    Master's Concentration Admission Terms
    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Fall
    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP/Oncology Concentration Fall
    Family Nurse Practitioner Fall
    Nursing Education Fall
    Clinical Nurse Leader On hold
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Fall

    All information contained in this document is for informational purposes only and is superseded by the catalog for your intended term of entry.