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Frequently Asked Questions


When are applications due?

The deadline for applications is April 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission.


Where can I find an application? Where do I send my application materials?

Applications are completed entirely on-line. Please go to the Hunter College Graduate Admissions website for more information.


Is part-time study available?

Yes, in fact most of our graduate students attend part-time, although a few attend on a full-time basis (12 or more credits per semester).


I have an Associates Degree in nursing. Can I apply to the Master’s or DNP program?

Applicants to our graduate programs must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. If you are an RN without a baccalaureate degree, you may want to first look into Hunter’s RN-BS program.


I am not an RN, but I have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Can I apply to the Master’s or DNP program?

Applicants to our graduate programs must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a current New York State RN license. If you are not an RN and you have a bachelor’s degree in another field, you may want to look into Hunter’s accelerated second-degree program or our generic undergraduate program.


How much nursing experience do I need before applying to one of your graduate programs?

We strongly advise gaining substantial nursing experience before applying. Almost all of our students have at least two years of experience before applying; most have more. For our NP programs, we can consider an applicant with less experience if she or he plans to continue working as an RN while in school. However, we do take experience into account when considering applications to our programs, so applicants with little or no experience are at a disadvantage.


What kinds of roles does your Gerontological/Adult NP program prepare me for?

Our GNP/ANP program prepares graduates to practice as primary care clinicians working with adults and older adults.


I graduated with more than a 3.0 GPA from my undergraduate program, but I was not accepted into your program. Why?

For our Master’s programs, 3.0 is the minimum GPA required. (For the DNP program, the minimum is 3.5). Some of our programs receive many more applications than we can accept, so many students who meet the minimum requirements are not accepted. We also take other factors into consideration—experience, recommendation letters, and the applicant’s personal statement. (For  more information on admission requirements for our Master’s program, click here. For more information on DNP admission requirements, click here.)

Also, please keep in mind that your GPA is computed based on grades from all post-secondary schools you have attended. Also, we look at your overall GPA (all courses attended) and your GPA in your major—i.e., based on the nursing courses you completed.


Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

  • The GRE is required for applicants to the dual-degree MS/MPH (Master of Public Health) program.
  • Currently, the MS/MPA (Master of Public Administration) program officially requires the GRE, but this requirement can be waived for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or above.
  • Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program must take the GRE and achieve a minimum score of 308 combined Quantitative and Verbal.
  • GRE is not required for our other programs.


Can I visit the school to find out more about your programs?

We hold an Open House each semester for anyone who is interested in applying to our programs. The date is posted on the website as soon as it is set.


I want to arrange my schedule so that I am on campus just one day a week. Can I do that?

Most of our courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening. If you are taking two courses in a semester, it may be possible to take them both on the same afternoon/evening. Many of our students do this. However, we cannot guarantee this; much depends on specific course scheduling and availability.


Do you offer summer and intersession courses?

Yes, but our course offerings during the summer and intersession are limited. Course availability depends in part on faculty availability during these times. It also depends on whether a course is suitable to be offered over a shorter term than a full semester.


Do you offer on-line programs?

Not at this time. All of our graduate programs require students to attend classes in person. Some courses may be offered on-line or in a hybrid (partially on-line and partially face-to-face) format, but we do not offer any of our graduate programs in a completely on-line format.