College of Nursing

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)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing/Occupational Health (62 credits)**
  • Concurrent MPH/MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing (83 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.

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

Accreditations – Visit our Accreditation page to learn more.

  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and 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 to the major, listed below. Certain concentrations are highly competitive.

    BSN to MSN

    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.

    RN to MSN

    Registered nurses who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another discipline are eligible for admission to the MSN 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 and/or advanced practice nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse and/or advanced practice nurse in the state of Florida, or a compact multi-state license allowing practice 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 a health care provider (such as an APRN, PA or MD), nursing professors, and clinical supervisors.
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
    • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
    • Applicants to the MSN 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. 
    • GRE recommended, not required

    Bridge Coursework

    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)

    Important Notification:

    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.

  • Curriculum

    Select a Concentration

  • Apply

    Application 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.

    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 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

  • Application Deadlines

    All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.

    Application Open    
    Deadline to Apply                                                  
    Fall September 15
    March 15
    (February 15 priority deadline*)
    *Indicates the earliest date when the college will begin accepting students.

    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
    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing
    Family Health Nursing Fall
    Nursing Education Fall
    Occupational Health Nursing/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing
    Pediatric Health Nursing Fall