Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing is suited for students who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field*. Master’s concentrations are available in the following areas:
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing (45 credits)
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing (48 credits)
- Family Health Nursing (52 credits)
- Nursing Education (40 credits, Fall 2019)
- Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing (61 credits)
- Concurrent MPH/MS Degree Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing (82 credits)
- Pediatric Health Nursing (45 credits)
*Note – students with a bachelor’s degree in another field must complete additional undergraduate transitional coursework prior to starting graduate level courses.
Prerequisites and More
Admission to the BS to MS 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 to the major, listed below. Certain concentrations are highly competitive.
Baccalaureate Degree to Master’s Degree (BS to MS)
Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing are prepared to enroll directly in graduate course work. The total number of credits required is specific to the nursing concentration.
Registered Nurse to Master’s Degree
Registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline are eligible for admission to the master’s degree program. Completion of the bridge courses (shown in the table below) with a letter grade of “B/S” or greater and a GPA of 3.00 or better is required before progression to master’s level coursework.
Admission criteria include:
- Earned GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate working for 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 clinical course.
- Three letters of recommendation, indicating potential for graduate study, from persons who can attest to the applicant's academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment. (Optimally, these letters will be from nursing professors, or clinical supervisors.)
- Current resume or curriculum vitae.
- A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
- Applicants to the M.S. program are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.
- The Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care is a concurrent program 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 of current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult ICU critical care unit, completed prior to matriculation into the program.
Course Code Title & Credits
NUR 3078 Information Technology (1)
NUR 3805 Educational Transitions (2)
NUR 4169C Evidence-Based Practice for the BS Nurse (3)
NUR 4634C Population Health (3)
NUR 4828C Foundations of Health Care Leadership & Management (3)
NUR 4895 Educational Role of the Nurse (3)
Any STA Statistics course, if needed (3)
Total Credits (15-18)
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 Required Immunizations: 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.
Select a Concentration
Application ProcessApplicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to successfully apply:
- Submit a Graduate Admissions Application
- USF Graduate Admissions Application
- For all questions contact USF Admissions Office at: (813) 974-3350 or visit it's website
- Note: Do not upload supplemental documentation, please bypass these sections of the application (e.g., test scores, transcripts and personal statements)
- Submit a NursingCAS Application
- NursingCAS Application
- For questions contact USF Nursing Student Affairs Office at: (813) 974-2191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit all required documentation through NursingCAS
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.
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 at the College of Nursing 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 USFOffice of International Admissions.
All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.
Term Application Open Deadline to Apply Fall October 15
(February 15 priority deadline)
*Note: All concentrations will admit students on a space available basis after the deadline to apply. To see the current space availability click here. Master's Concentrations Admission Term Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing Fall Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing
Fall Family Health Nursing Fall Nursing Education Fall Occupational Health Nursing/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing Fall Pediatric Health Nursing Fall