College of Nursing
10 S. 2000 E., Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Minimum Degree Hours: 32 - 42
Admission to the MS program is limited and selective. Admission cannot be guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum requirements.
The following are the minimum requirements needed to apply for a MS degree program at the College of Nursing:
Required Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses require a B grade or better and may be completed during the admission process. We strongly recommend that, when possible, applicants have their prerequisite courses completed before applying to the program, or while they are in the application process. It is not recommended that you wait until the summer semester before you begin the program, if you are admitted.
If you took a statistics course over 3 years ago (counted back from the start of your graduate program) then you are required to take a basic statistics course prior to starting the graduate program.
Examples of courses that fulfill this requirement at the University of Utah include:
Upper Division Physiology
If you graduated with your BS degree program in nursing over 5 years ago (counted back from the start of your graduate program) then you are required to take an upper division level* physiology course (e.g., NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology) prior to starting the graduate program.
If you graduated from a RN-BS program and did not take an upper division level* course in physiology or pathophysiology then you are required to take an upper division physiology course (e.g., NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology) prior to starting the graduate program.
*Upper division level = 3000 or higher
Note: The College of Nursing offers an upper division level course,NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology (2 credits) to help applicants meet this requirement. NURS 5905 is an online course, offered Spring and Summer semesters, that provides a review of basic physiology of the major organ systems and an introduction to current advanced topics in physiology. Applicants who have not completed this prerequisite can apply to the graduate program while in the process of taking the prerequisite courses.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), if applicable:
- NOT required for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
- REQUIRED for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.19 or lower; score cannot be in excess of five (5) years old
English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL or IELTS only)
Evidence of English-language proficiency is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants are required to submit results of either the Test of English Foreign Language or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission can be found at theUniversity of Utah Office of International Admissions.
International applicants are not eligible to register for non-matriculated status at the University of Utah. Therefore, if recommended for acceptance to the program, international applicants would need to apply for second-bachelor degree status through the University of Utah International Admissions Office and meet the International Undergraduate Admission Requirements.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must provide evidence of certification by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
- All courses must maintain a B- or better.