Why Should You Seek Admission to the Online Master of Science in Nursing Degree?
Liberty University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree will provide you with the critical nursing skills necessary for advanced clinical practice, teaching, and academic health sciences research. As new medical advancements happen every day in the healthcare industry, you need a degree that is innovative and up-to-date with the latest industry best practices and tools. You will receive specialized training with our online MSN degree in advanced nursing practice, essential healthcare administrative techniques, and training in nurse education. Our program will equip you for a nursing administration role, teaching as a nurse educator, or as a nursing informatics specialist to ensure healthcare data remains safe and accessible.
Washington State Applicants – Please speak with an Admissions Counselor to determine if your chosen program is approved for WA.
Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements
- Apply online or call an admissions counselor at (800) 424-9596.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required).
- Fax/scan unofficial college transcripts. Please Note – Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes with the submission of a transcript request form.
- Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies or via a direct electronic transcript system). Admission requires a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 for admission in good standing. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 will be considered for admission on caution. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or at least 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution will be assessed by the master’s-level degree work.
- Admission to this program also requires:
- Current and active nursing license to practice as a registered nurse in your current state of residency.
- Minimum of 1 year of nursing practice as a registered nurse. This may be verified verbally by phone, or by the submission of a resume or a curriculum vitae as an attached document by email or sent by fax.
- Recommender contact information.
- Students without the following coursework on their undergraduate transcripts will be required to complete the following classes upon admission to the program (Non-B.S.N. applicants may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the undergraduate bridge courses):
- Health Assessment (NURS 210)
- Statistics (math preferred) (MATH 201)
- Nursing Management (NURS 491)
- Population Health (NURS 445)
- Leadership/Management in Nursing (NURS 489)
- Strategies for Community Health (NURS 440)
- Research in Nursing (NURS 225)
- 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):
- Statistics (math preferred) (MATH 201)
- Health Assessment (NURS 210)
- Applicants whose native language is not English must complete an approved English proficiency test or meet the requirements for a waiver. Please see the Online Graduate English Proficiency Requirements page for more information
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.
- 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.
- If you are a current Liberty University student completing your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Graduation Application.
- Send in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.
If you plan to dually enroll in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree program, you must:
- Contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a dual enrollment application.
- Complete and submit an application for admission.
As a non-Liberty undergraduate student, in addition to completing and submitting an application for admission, you must:
- Contact and speak with our Registrar directly.
- 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.
Liberty University 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.
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:
- Your previous school’s name or logo printed on the document
- Cumulative GPA
- A list of completed courses and earned credit broken down by semester
- Degree and date conferred (if applicable)
Official College Transcript Policy
An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.
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.
MSN Degree CCNE Accreditation
The master’s degree program in nursing at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
For questions about the accreditation of Liberty University, please contact:
Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Ln.
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
Inquiries about the institution itself, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Liberty University.
Liberty University Admissions Office Contact Information
Call: (800) 424-9596
Fax: (888) 301-3577
Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515
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