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Admission Requirements

General admission information on all nursing graduate programs

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: April 1

Spring Admission: November 1

 

In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate admission to Hunter College, applicants to nursing graduate programs must meet the following program requirements. More specific information may be available on the fact sheet for the program in which you are interested.

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

To submit an application, candidates must apply online. Information on the application process is available from the Hunter College Office of Graduate Admissions.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) PROGRAM

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  1. A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above (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.
    • 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.
  2. Completion of a basic statistics course and an undergraduate research course or equivalent. An applicant who does not meet either of these requirements may be admitted, conditional on completion of the course(s) by the end of their first semester.
  3. New York State RN license and current registration
  4. Professional résumé listing education and relevant work experiences
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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

Applicants for the Nursing Administration/Public Administration 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.

 


DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP) PROGRAM

The DNP program is open to registered nurses with a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. Applicants with a prior master's degree in nursing from an accredited program may be admitted with advanced standing. Based on an individual assessment of their prior graduate record, (1) required coursework may be reduced by up to 42 credits for the same or equivalent coursework completed for the master's degree with a grade of B or better; and (2) relevant supervised clinical hours completed for the master's degree may be counted toward the 1000 supervised clinical hours required for the DNP degree.

 

For applicants without a master's degree in nursing from an accredited program:

  1. A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (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.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course and a discrete undergraduate nursing research course
  3. New York State RN license and current registration

 

For applicants who hold a master's degree in nursing from an accredited program:

  1. Graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. New York State RN license and current registration
  3. Satisfactory written descriptions of career goals and capstone project interests
  4. National certification at an advanced level (i.e., requiring a graduate degree) from a national nursing certifying body
  5. Satisfactory interview

 

For additional information, please contact the coordinator of the specific graduate program you are interested in.