Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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This FAQ page answers some of the questions frequently posed by nurses as they consider the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program at Cedarville University.  The following categories and questions are provided to assist you on your academic journey.

Is the online Global Health Ministries track of the M.S.N. available in all 50 states?

Due to state and federal higher education regulations, Cedarville University has chosen not to accept applications from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, or Minnesota to enroll in online degree programs. This applies only to distance learning students residing in these four states. Students from all 50 states as well as international students are welcome to apply for any on-campus program. Please contact an admissions counselor for further information.

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-5110 Bible Survey for Professionals and BEGS-5120 Foundations of Biblical Theology, before or concurrent with other classes during the first year and before taking NSG-5060 Spiritual Care in Advanced Nursing Practice. Applicants with Bible course credit from another institution may have the Bible prerequisite satisfied pending review of their application and transcript(s).

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-5110 Bible Survey for Professionals and BEGS-5120 Foundations of Biblical Theology, before or concurrent with other classes during the first year and before taking NSG-5060 Spiritual Care in Advanced Nursing Practice.

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 graduate Nursing Programs 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.

Is financial aid available for M.S.N. students?

Yes. Graduate students fund their education in various ways. Students can find assistance through scholarships, grants, and loans. Information about these options may be found on the costs and financial aid page.

In addition, many employers provide a tuition assistance program as a benefit to their employees who are pursuing graduate coursework or degrees. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate personnel at their place of employment for details about their employer's tuition assistance program.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Students applying for federal financial aid should complete the FAFSA. For additional information, view the loans page. Students applying for scholarships and grants will find various options available.

How many credits do I need to take per semester to be considered a full-time student?

Students enrolled for eight or more credits per semester are considered full-time. Students enrolled for less than eight credits per semester are considered half-time.

How many credits do I need to take per semester to be eligible for federal financial aid?

Students must be enrolled at least half-time (four or more credits per semester) to be eligible for federal financial aid.

What is the tuition rate for the M.S.N. program?

Cedarville University is committed to offering the M.S.N. program at a cost that is affordable and competitive with programs of similar quality and reputation. More information on the cost of graduate tuition is included on the costs and financial aid page.

How do I pay for my class(es)?

View payment and account balances for information related to your student account and invoice.

Is Cedarville's M.S.N. program accredited?

Yes. View the M.S.N. accreditation or the Cedarville University accreditation pages for more information.

What focus areas does Cedarville's M.S.N. program offer?

Cedarville's M.S.N. program offers two areas of focus: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Global Health Ministries (GHM).

What if I don't know what area of focus I want to choose?

Upon admission to the M.S.N. program, students begin taking core courses according to the curriculum requirements and have time to choose their area of focus. Students are assigned a faculty advisor who can guide them through the process of selecting an area of focus and a full- or part-time completion option.

How many credit hours are required for each focus area?

How many clinical hours are required for each focus area?

Who will my advisor be during the program?

Upon admission into the M.S.N. program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor in the student's area of focus. The faculty advisor provides guidance for the student throughout the course of study.

I am finishing my B.S.N. degree. Can I apply for the M.S.N. program?

Yes. You may apply during your senior year of your B.S.N. program. Visit the M.S.N. online application to begin or continue your application

I am a new B.S.N. graduate. Do I need nursing work experience before I apply to the M.S.N. program?

No. Nursing experience is highly recommended; however, work experience is not required. Many students work at least part-time during the program so they can apply their class knowledge to real-world experiences. In addition, students who work part-time may be able to access tuition assistance benefits provided by their employer. Visit the M.S.N. online application to begin or continue your application

Can I work full time while earning my M.S.N. degree?

Yes. M.S.N. courses are conveniently scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays to allow nurses to arrange their schedules for full- or part-time coursework. View the course schedule for specific course times.

How long does it take to complete the M.S.N. program?

Students pursuing full-time coursework can complete the program in as little as two years. Students pursuing part-time coursework can complete the program in as little as three years. For more information, view the completion options.

How long do I have to complete the degree?

You must complete all program requirements within seven years after beginning your coursework.

What is the tuition rate for the M.S.N. program?

Cedarville University is committed to offering the M.S.N. program at a cost that is affordable and competitive with programs of similar quality and reputation. More information on the cost of graduate tuition is included on the costs and financial aid page.

How do I pay for my classes?

View payment and account balances for more information.

Do I need to be admitted to take graduate classes at Cedarville?

Yes. To enroll in a class, either as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student, you must be admitted to the University through graduate admissions before you can register for classes. For admission criteria, view the M.S.N. admission requirements.

How do I register for classes?

All graduate course registrations are completed through the office of the registrar using a web-based interface called WebAdvisor.  Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for more information.

What classes should I take?

Please consult with your faculty advisor for advice on degree planning. Upon admission into a graduate program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor.  Your faculty advisor provides guidance throughout the course of study.

You may view the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor to find a current listing of courses for your program.

When can I register for classes?

Graduate course schedules are provided by the office of the registrar and prepared prior to each graduate term. Registration begins in March for the summer and fall semesters and in October for the spring semester.

You may view the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor to find a current listing of courses for your program.

How do I search for classes in current and future terms?

View the graduate course schedules page, reference graduate registration instructions, or access WebAdvisor for more information.

How do I view my current class schedule?

Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for your current class schedule.

How do I add or drop a class?

Reference graduate registration instructions or access WebAdvisor for more information.

How do I register for a closed class?

A closed class requires permission from the course instructor. Contact the office of the registrar for more information.

Is there anything I need to do before the first day of classes?

Each student is strongly encouraged to review their class schedule for accuracy in WebAdvisor. Discuss any discrepancies immediately with the office of the registrar.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

Textbooks may be purchased through the University Bookstore. Before ordering textbooks, view and print your class schedule from WebAdvisor. Your class schedule will provide you with the class codes and numbers so you can find the appropriate texts.

How do I pay for my courses?

View payment and account balances for more information.

Where is the office of the registrar?

The office of the registrar is located on the campus of Cedarville University in the Stevens Student Center on the lower level. View the contact us page for more information.

Have more questions?

Please contact us in graduate admissions.