Admission Requirements

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

1. Apply online or download 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* Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes!

4. Official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy). All official transcripts must be received by the end of the first term. If not, students will be unable to continue to register for classes.

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 unencumbered (no restrictions, sanctions/disciplines - actual or pending) 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. 

  • Non-B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate bridge courses:  NURS 225 Research in Nursing, NURS 440 Strategies for Community Health, NURS 490 Leadership/Management in Nursing, NURS 445 Population Health, and NURS 491 Nursing Management.  An introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are also required.    Bridge courses are not a prerequisite to admission into the M.S.N but must be completed either prior to or within the first year of enrollment.
  •  Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment or demonstrated knowledge and competency are not admission requirements, but are prerequisites for NURS 500 Research and NURS 505 Advanced Health Assessment; must have earned a minimum grade of C in each course.

10. One academic recommendation from a nursing professor or a nurse manager.

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]

LU Online Problem States

Oregon, Louisiana, Maryland, and the state of Washington: The Liberty University MSN program is not currently approved for students to participate in their precepted practicum course requirements in the states of Louisiana, Oregon, Maryland, or the state of Washington. Consequently, students should seek programs of study approved by their state.    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 Nursing Department for more information.

Our nursing program has program-specific accreditations.

The MSN program has a practicum that is required to be completed in the United States. Students must hold an unencumbered Registered Nurse license without sanctions actual or pending within the United States.

Preliminary acceptance

If you are 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 that you are in your final term. The preliminary transcripts must show a minimum of 105 completed credit hours. In addition, if you are a current Liberty University student completing your Undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application. Finally, in order to maintain your acceptance and be permitted to continue in your program, you must send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it 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. Along with your completed dual enrollment application, you must complete and submit a graduate application. As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting a graduate application, if you plan to dual enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program you must contact and speak with our Registrar directly. You must also have your current university’s registrar send Liberty’s Registrar’s Office an official letter to confirm that you are in the last nine hours of your undergraduate degree program.


Unofficial college transcript policy

An unofficial copy of the college transcript can either be faxed from the institution, printed from the school’s official site, or an opened copy that you may 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 that has been issued directly from the institution, and is in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must still be in its original sealed envelope with a signature across the back.

Official college transcripts are not required initially for acceptance if unofficial transcripts are provided. However, if the student uses unofficial transcripts to earn acceptance, all official transcripts must be received within 60 days of the admissions decision. Failure to send all official transcripts within the 60 day time frame will prevent registration.

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 Processing
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502

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