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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Nursing Overview

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing is suited for students who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Master’s concentrations are available in the following areas:

*Note--Funding is available for both tracks, pending available grant funds.

Accreditations – Visit our Accreditation page to learn more.

  • Admission to the BSN to MSN program is competitive and is based on a review of materials submitted and on resource availability. The applicant is responsible for compiling and submitting the complete set of materials. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Applicants must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission, which are listed in the USF Graduate Catalog. Certain concentrations are highly competitive.

    Nurses with a BSN are prepared to enroll directly in graduate course work. The total number of credits required is specific to the nursing concentration.

    Important Information: In addition to USF Student Health Requirements students should be aware that additional vaccines or screenings may be required after matriculation by clinical partners based upon federal mandate. Any exemptions related to immunizations are granted at the discretion of our clinical partners. The College cannot guarantee an exemption will be granted. Failure to be in compliance with clinical partner requirements will jeopardize the start of clinical coursework and successful program completion.

    Additionally, students are required to complete a background check, drug screening, and more. Candidates for admission must meet all legal requirements to be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Florida. As such, candidates for admission must disclose any conviction or plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or no contest to a misdemeanor or felony in any jurisdiction (other than minor traffic offenses). All misdemeanors and felonies must be disclosed, even if adjudication was withheld. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) are not minor traffic offenses for purposes of this disclosure.

    Technical Standards for Admission and Progression 

    Students will also be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

  • Applicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to successfully apply.

    1. Submit a Graduate Admissions Application
      • USF Graduate Admissions Application
      • For all questions, contact the USF Admissions Office at (813) 974-3350 or visit the website
      • Note: Do not upload supplemental documentation, please bypass these sections of the application (e.g., test scores, transcripts and personal statements)
    2. Submit a NursingCAS Application

    Required Documentation: All documentation (e.g., transcripts, resume, certifications, etc.) must be submitted to NursingCAS by the deadline in order for applications to be considered.

    Interview Requirement: In addition to fulfilling the application requirements, a personal interview with faculty will be required.

    Learn more by attending an information session and application workshop.

    International Admissions

    Foreign Transcripts: All coursework and degrees completed outside the United States require a course-by-course evaluation from an approved evaluating agency. Foreign transcript evaluation services are approved by the USF Graduate School. Please note that the Florida Board of Nursing maintains its own list of approved evaluating agencies. Transcript evaluations must be received by NursingCAS electronically or in their original sealed envelopes by the deadlines posted.

    English Language: Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Please see USF Graduate Catalog for more information or contact USF Office of International Admissions.

  • Term: Fall
    Application Open: August 15
    Deadline to Apply: July 1

    Note: All concentrations will admit students on a space-available basis after the deadline to apply. See the current space availability.


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