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General admission information on all nursing master’s specializations

Please note our application deadlines:

For Fall semester admissions: April 1

For Spring semester admissions: November 1


More specific information may be available on the fact sheet for the specialization in which you are interested.

Information on the application process is available from the Hunter College Office of Graduate Admissions.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate admission to Hunter College, applicants to the School of Nursing master’s degree programs must meet the following requirements.

Please note that these are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission—meeting them does not guarantee admission. Some of our specializations receive many more applications than we can accept, making admission very competitive.

1.     Completion of an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing.

2.     New York State registered nurse license and current registration.

3.     Completion of a basic statistics course. (An applicant who does not meet this requirement may be admitted, conditional on completing a statistics course by the end of the first semester).

4.     Completion of an undergraduate research course. (An applicant who does not meet this requirement may be admitted, conditional on completing an undergraduate research course by the end of the first semester).

5.     A cumulative undergraduate GPA (both overall and in nursing courses) of 3.0, Please note that grades in all undergraduate coursework—in all institutions attended—are included in computing the cumulative GPA. 

(A very limited number of applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 may be considered for admission as nonmatriculated students. Nonmatriculated students may be considered for admission to matriculated status after completion of 9-12 graduate nursing credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0).

6.     Professional résumé listing education and relevant work experiences.

7.     Statement of purpose clearly identifying why the applicant seeks admission to the particular specialization to which she or he is applying. (Applicants are encouraged to approach this personal statement thoughtfully and to write as clearly as possible. Faculty are particularly interested in a statement that reflects a clear understanding of the specialization you have chosen, as well as why you have chosen it).

8.     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, nurse educators or other nurses in leadership positions. (Letters from co-workers, friends, etc., are generally not helpful in supporting your application for admission).

9.     Applicants for the dual-degree MS/MPH program must also meet requirements for admission to the MPH program, including completion of the GRE examination.

10.  Applicants for the dual-degree MS/ MPA program must also meet requirements for admission to the Baruch MPA program. (Although these requirements include the GRE, applicants may request a waiver of the GRE based on an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0).