What are the admission requirements for the M.S.N. program?
Cedarville University invites applications from registered nurses who hold a B.S.N. degree and have a testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. Applicants who meet this criteria and present satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform at the graduate level are admitted to the graduate nursing program. For additional admission criteria, view the M.S.N. admission requirements.
How often are students admitted into the program?
The M.S.N. program normally admits students for the fall semester and students begin courses according to the completion options. Students may be admitted for spring and summer semesters provided there is room in the classes and prerequisites are considered.
How do I apply for admission to the M.S.N. program?
Visit the M.S.N. online application to begin or continue your application.
Do I need to submit my Cedarville University (or Cedarville College) transcripts?
No, graduate admissions will request your Cedarville transcripts from the office of the registrar.
Is there an application deadline?
While most students apply before June 30, there is no firm application deadline. Applications are considered as long as there is room in the class. Your application will be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee as soon as all of your materials are received. For admission criteria, view the M.S.N. admission requirements.
Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for admission into the M.S.N. program?
No. The GRE is optional. However, taking the GRE may strengthen your application.
Is an interview required?
Yes. An interview with the nursing faculty is required. This allows the nursing faculty an opportunity to get to know you better. Your interview will be scheduled at a convenient time.
How is the interview process handled?
Once your application is complete, a representative from the school of nursing will contact you to schedule and coordinate your interview.
Are there any prerequisites required for admission into the M.S.N. program?
Yes. The requirement is a B.S.N. degree.
An applicant's B.S.N. degree must also demonstrate completion of a nursing research course and a statistics course. An applicant who has not fulfilled these prerequisites, but has satisfied the M.S.N. admission requirements, may be conditionally admitted to the M.S.N. program. If your transcript does not include these courses, admitted students must complete these courses before taking NSG-5050 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in the M.S.N. program.
In addition, admitted students are required to have a Bible minor or take required graduate Bible courses, BEGS-6250 Bible Survey for Professionals and BEGS-7250 Foundations of Biblical Theology, before or concurrent with other classes during the first year and before taking NSG-5060 Bioethics and Spiritual Care in Nursing. Applicants with Bible course credit from another institution may have the Bible prerequisite satisfied pending review of their application and transcript(s).
An admitted student can take classes as a conditionally accepted student and is permitted to take up to 11 credit hours before the admission conditions must be completed. Once the admission conditions are met, the student will be moved to regular admission.
How do I satisfy the Bible prerequisite if I do not have a Bible minor or have not taken Bible courses in my undergraduate study? Can I take Bible classes at CU?
Cedarville's M.S.N. program provides a distinctly Christian approach to nursing and the integration of biblical principles throughout the coursework. As a part of the admission requirement, applicants must have completed a Bible minor or must take required graduate Bible courses, BEGS-6250 Bible Survey for Professionals and BEGS-7250 Foundations of Biblical Theology, before or concurrent with other classes during the first year and before taking NSG-5060 Bioethics and Spiritual Care in Nursing.
These two graduate Bible courses are offered at various times throughout the year. Online options to enroll in these courses are available. View the general study/non-degree courses for the current schedule and to register for Bible courses. Applicants with Bible course credit from another institution may have the Bible prerequisite satisfied pending review of their application and transcript(s).
What if my undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)?
We seek applicants with strong academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are still encouraged to submit an application. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis before an admission decision is provided. Please contact us with additional questions.
Can I transfer graduate credits from another institution into the M.S.N. program?
Yes. Students may transfer up to 9 hours of credit from an accredited program into Cedarville's M.S.N. program. To request transfer credit, send an official transcript directly from the transfer institution to the office of the registrar at Cedarville University.
Once the official transcript is received, the director of the M.S.N. program and the chair of the school of nursing will evaluate your transfer request. The office of the registrar notifies M.S.N. students by e-mail when approved transfer credits have been added to their transcripts.