Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

  1. Apply online or download a graduate application and submit via mail.
  2. $50.00 Deferred application fee (Assessed during financial check in)
  3. Fax / scan unofficial college transcripts. *Please Note* You may use unofficial transcripts for acceptance purposes!
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy)
  5. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet-based test)
  6. Graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program/school or its equivalent
  7. Current and active nursing license to practice as a registered nurse in your current state of residency and CPR certification (Basic Life Support with Automated External Defibrillator Certification by the American Heart Association)
  8. Minimum of one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse
  9. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.
    1. Non-B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate bridge courses (bridge courses are not a prerequisite to admission into the M.S.N, but you must complete before or within the first year of enrollment):
      1. Research in Nursing (NURS 225)
      2. Strategies for Community Health (NURS 440)
      3. Leadership/Management in Nursing (NURS 489)
      4. Population Health (NURS 445)
      5. Nursing Management (NURS 491)
      6. Statistics (math preferred)  (MATH 201)
      7. Health Assessment  (NURS 210).
    2. B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate prerequisite courses (prerequisites are not an admissions requirement, but you must complete before NURS 500 and NURS 502):
      1. Statistics (math preferred) (MATH 201)
      2. Health Assessment (NURS 210)
  10. One recommendation from a nurse manager or faculty.

Liberty University Online State Approval Disclosure

Prospective students should also contact their state’s Department of Education or Board of Nursing to verify access to practicum sites while enrolled in an out-of-state online program [some states may reserve clinical sites for in-state residential students]

Students residing in Maryland are currently unable to complete their practicum in the state of Maryland. However, it is possible for Maryland students to complete their practicum in neighboring states, such as Virginia or Delaware. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information.

Our nursing program has program-specific accreditations.

Students enrolled in practicum courses must reside in the United States and hold an RN license from one of the 50 states. All practicum hours are completed at an approved practicum site location within the United States or approved U.S. Military bases.

Preliminary acceptance

When sending in a preliminary transcript for acceptance, you must be in your final term and planning to start your master's degree after the last day of class for your bachelor's degree. You must submit an official/unofficial transcript to confirm you are in your final term and show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours.

If you are a current Liberty University student completing your Undergraduate degree, you need to submit a Graduation Application.

Finally, to maintain your acceptance and continue in your program, you must provide an official transcript with a conferral date by the end of your first term of enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program, you must contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application.  With your completed dual enrollment application, you must complete and submit a graduate application.

Non-Liberty undergraduate students, in addition to filling out a dual enrollment and graduate application, you must contact and speak with our Registrar directly.   Also, have your current university’s registrar send Liberty’s Registrar’s Office an official letter to confirm you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.

Unofficial college transcript policy

Submit an unofficial copy of your college transcript via fax from the issuing institution, printed from the school's official site, or mail an opened copy you have in your possession.

Before sending unofficial college transcripts, please make sure they include the following:

  • School’s name or logo printed on the document
  • Cumulative GPA
  • List of completed courses and earned credit
  • Degree and date conferred (if applicable)

Official college transcript policy

An acceptable official college transcript is one issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back.  If you have one in your possession, it must be in its original sealed envelope with a signature across the back.

Upon an admission acceptance, please submit your official transcripts within 60 days, this allows you to register for courses in your second sub-term.   Official transcripts must adhere to the particular program’s requirements for admission.  Official transcripts which do not meet the requirements will result in a reversed admissions decision, removal from any currently enrolled classes and financial aid. 

All applicants to Liberty University must be eligible for readmission at the last institution attended.

Contact Information

Call: (800) 424-9595 (toll free); (434) 582-7800 (direct)
Fax: (888) 301-3577

Please send all official college transcripts to:

Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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