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Nursing Administration/Urban Policy and Leadership

Program Overview:

Degree Offered: Dual MS (52 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: March 1
Spring Application Deadline: No Spring Admission
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lynda Olender
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Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1  to be considered for Fall admission and September 15 to be considered for Spring admission.

Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (both cumulative and in the nursing major). Please note that grades in all undergraduate coursework—in all institutions attended—are included in computing the cumulative GPA.
  • License and current registration to practice professional nursing in New York State.
  • Completion of a basic statistics course and an undergraduate research course or the equivalent. An applicant who does not meet either of these requirements may still be admitted, conditional on completion of the course(s) by the end of their first semester.
  • Professional résumé listing education and relevant work experiences
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters are an important part of the admissions process. They should be from individuals who can address your potential for success in graduate studies and in the advanced role you have chosen. Letters that best meet these criteria generally come from nursing instructors and from supervisors, clinical specialists, or other nurses in leadership positions. Letters from co-workers, friends, etc., are generally not helpful in supporting your application for admission.
  • Statement of Purpose. Your personal statement should include two parts:

    Professional Background–A description of your professional background and your reasons for applying to the Hunter MS/MSUPL program (approx. 500 words).

    Issue or Challenge–In 500-700 words, please describe an issue or challenge facing your organization, the health care system, or the nursing profession and relate how your experience and your completion of the MS/MSUPL program will help you to address this issue/challenge.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • Paper Based Test: 550
      • Computer Administered Test: 213
      • Internet Based Test: 60 (less speaking component) 

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing web site.



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