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Nursing, Master of Science Degree

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Application Process

Admission for the Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader occurs twice a year (Fall & Spring).  Deadlines for Fall admission is March 1st and October 1st for Spring admission.  Admission for the AGACNP, PMHNP & FNP Tracks occur once a year.  The deadline for applications is March 1st.

Applying to the Orvis School of Nursing Graduate Program is a two-part process: The initial step is completing an application to the University's Graduate School online. This includes submitting your transcripts from previous studies. Three professional references are also required. A link for these references is found as part of the online application. The Graduate School will then forward your application and references to the School of Nursing for review. All materials are required to be submitted by deadline for specific track identified above.

GRE scores are not mandatory for admission into the Graduate Nursing Program. However, the dual degree and other programs at UNR may require them.


Prerequisites for admission to the Orvis School of Nursing Master of Science Program:

  1. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN academic institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. Current unrestricted licensure as an RN in Nevada.
  3. Successful completion of a three credit graduate level applied statistics course (at UNR - EDRS 640).
  4. For the AGACNP track; applicants are required to have a minimum of 3 years' experience within acute care or 2 years' experience within critical care.

Applicants are to submit to the Orvis School of Nursing:

  • A resume that includes educational, professional and community service experience.
  • A letter of intent should be single spaced, 12 point font, and no longer than 1,000 words. It should include the following information:
    • Explain why you have chosen the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing for your graduate studies.
    • Share which track (AGACNP, PMHNP, FNP, EDU, or CNL) you have chosen to pursue and describe how you envision functioning in this role as part of an inter-professional team.
    • Describe leadership experiences, both professional and personal that have prepared you for Graduate Studies.
    • Discuss ideas you have for your Master's project, professional paper, or thesis.

Submit to Jeannine Patterson at

Once admitted to a MSN track, a student is committed to that track. Should the student wish to change or transfer to a different track than which he/she was originally admitted, the student is required to reapply for admission to the track to which the student wants during the next application cycle. The MSN tracks are very competitive and there is no guarantee a current student will be automatically accepted to a different track through the re-admission process.

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