Master's Programs

Registered Nurse to Master's Degree Program

Admission Requirements

Important Announcement:

Effective Fall 2017 admissions, we are not admitting students who have an RN without a Bachelor's Degree. Please check back soon for an update.

Admission to the RN to MS program is competitive and is based on a review of materials submitted and on the availability of adequate classroom, clinical facilities, and faculty. The applicant is responsible for compiling and submitting the complete set of materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline (not in nursing) are eligible for admission to the Master's program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements before applying for this program:

  • B.S./B.A. from a regionally accredited program
  • Earned grade point average of 3.00 or higher on 4.00 scale in all upper-level coursework while working on a baccalaureate degree
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation.   Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first course.  
  • Applicants to the MS program are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.  
  • The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care / Occupational Health is a dual degree with the College of Public Health (COPH) and additional COPH requirements may be required. Contact Student Affairs for more information.
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care applicants must have one year current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult ICU critical care unit, completed prior to matriculation into the program. 

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family concentrations are highly competitive.


All admitted nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Complete By:
First week of class
MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot

Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

For More Information:

The College of Nursing offers prospective students a number of ways to obtain more information about Graduate programs:

Please note: The College of Nursing offers the above resources for individuals to learn more about our master's program. In order to provide service to the large number of prospective applicants, the College of Nursing Graduate Office is unable to offer walk-in or individual appointments prior to a Masters student being admitted to the College.

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