Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Nursing (M.S.) 

Application Deadline

The entry-level Master of Science (ELMS) in nursing is a screened and competitive program that accepts a limited number of students each term. It admits applicants for the fall term only with a final application deadline of January 15. 

The Department of Nursing offers the graduate nursing program at the main Towson University campus. Admission criteria must be met at the time of application.

Admission Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university** in a field other than nursing
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for full admission and 2.85 for conditional admission to the program. GPA calculations are based on the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • prerequisite statistics and science courses completed within five (5) years with a grade of B (3.0) or higher
  • no more than two (2) repeated courses
  • two (2) professional letters of recommendation related to academic and/or work experience
  • resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience (including any volunteer or paid healthcare-related experiences*)
    • Healthcare experience (volunteer or paid) is recommended

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher prior to the start of the program. Statistics and science courses must have been completed within the past five years:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (must include lab)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (must include lab)
  • Microbiology (must include lab)
  • General Chemistry 1 (must include lab)
  • Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Development
  • Basic Statistics
  • Nutrition for Health Professionals

How to Apply

Students must submit the online graduate application and submit all required materials to Graduate Admissions by the application deadline.

Minimum Application Requirements

Applicants must have at least three prerequisite courses, including two lab sciences and one other course, completed by the application deadline in order for their application to be considered. All other prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.