Admission Requirements & Deadlines

This program accepts students for fall, spring and summer terms. To ensure timely processing, submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. Application deadlines are  August 1, January 2, and May 1, respectively. While we may continue to accept the supporting materials after these dates, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed in time for the start of classes.

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the Master of Science program must meet the general requirements for graduate study established by the Department of Nursing and as outlined in the Towson University Graduate Catalog. Specifically, they must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program1**

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00.

  • Satisfactory completion of an elementary statistics and/or nursing research course

  • Completion of an approved physical assessment course.

Submit the following admission materials:

  • A one-page personal statement in which the applicant discusses his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and how the program will meet the applicant's professional goals.
  • A current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • The applicant must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Maryland or in a compact state (licensure as an RN in Maryland will be verified by the Department of Nursing)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation to include emails of recommenders on application form - Professional or Academic2  
    • At least 1 year of work experience as a Registered Nurse3

Applicants whose credentials do not meet the stated criteria for admission and believe their situation warrants special consideration are encouraged to contact the department for information related to its individual review policy.

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

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions