Graduate MSN Admissions

State Authorization | Transfer Information | Admission Requirements
Application Process | Degree Requirements


State Authorizations 

Click Here to view the states from which the Capstone College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.


Transfer of Graduate Credit for MSN:

Acceptable graduate credit of up to twelve credit hours, earned in a regionally accredited institution in which the student was enrolled in that institution’s graduate school, may be transferred and applied to the requirements for a master’s degree if approved by the CCN and Graduate School.

Consideration of credit does not guarantee transfer. Evaluation of credit for transfer will not be made until after the student has enrolled in the Graduate School of The University of Alabama.

Further information can be found in the UA Graduate Student Catalog.


Admission Requirements for MSN:

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will be considered on a competitive basis.

  • Nurses who are interested in the Case Management (CM) Program, Nurse Practitioner (NP) Concentration, Nurse Administrator (NA) Program and  Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program  are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.  Currently only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are eligible for Nurse Practitioner Concentrations.

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. For unconditional admission to Case Management (CM) Program, Nurse Administrator (NA) Program and Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) Program, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
    For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300 on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  2. For unconditional admission to Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) and 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  4. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.
  5. Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Note: Currently, only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.    Please check this site in the future for changes in the residency requirement.


Application Process for MSN:

Enrollment into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is available for fall semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the March 1st deadline.  

MSN Application Process

  1. Begin your graduate application at the Graduate School’s Application Center.
  2. Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  3. Submit supporting documents.  Within 48 hours of submitting the initial part of your application, you will receive an e-mail with your Campus-Wide Identification (CWID) number.  It is very important that you safeguard this number.  Once you have received this e-mail, you will need to submit the following documents through Managing Document System..
  • Statement of purpose – See Statement of Purpose Guidelines
  • Resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Contact information for two references – The references should be professionals who can provide insight regarding your potential for success in the doctoral program.  The Graduate School will contact these references via e-mail.
  • Copy of active RN license from every state in which you are licensed.  Note: Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.
  • FOR NP APPLICANTS ONLY: Complete the writing sample.  See NP Writing Sample Guidelines.

Additionally, we may require the following:

  • Official MAT or GRE score – If your grade point average (GPA) is lower than a 3.0, based on a 4.0 sytem, either overall or in your last 60 hours, an acceptable Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or must be submitted by the testing service to the Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.  Test scores may not be older than 5 years of the application date.  Use school code 1012 for MAT and 1830 for GRE.
  • English proficiency exam score – Whether an international or a permanent resident, if your first language is not English, you must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE). Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.

Upon admission, you will receive written notification of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. You will also receive a letter from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at CCN outlining requirements for entry into the MSN program.

MSN Degree Requirements:

The MSN will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation
  • Successful completion of the required coursework