Master of Science in Nursing FAQ's
Q. When is the deadline for applying?
A. The deadline is April 1 for fall and September 1 for the spring semester.
Q. How long before I am notified if I am accepted?
A. Expect to be notified within 6-8 weeks of the application due date. Applicants are considered on a cohort basis as there are a finite number of openings in the program.
Q. What accreditation does Saint Louis University have?
A. SLU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Q. What is the format of the program?
A. The MSN program is offered online.
Q. Is there a required campus visit?
A. Yes. There is a minimum of one "Residency" required during one of the clinical management courses. This visit is to evaluate the student's progress and to teach skills not acquired through online learning such as suturing.
Q. Are there clinical requirements?
A. Yes. The clinical hour requirement depends on the specialty and varies from 650 to 675 hours.
Q. What about transfer credits?
A. Course credit that is transferred from other schools is judged individually based on our courses and the course similarity via the syllabus. We will not accept a course in which less than a B grade is earned. A student must have completed 6 hours of course work at Saint Louis University prior to applying for transfer of credit.
Q. Does the MSN program prepare me to teach?
A. While the MSN program will include educational components that are central to both education and practice, it is not specifically designed for those who wish to teach. We do offer three nurse educator courses (6-7 credits total) that may be added to the basic plan of study (the Educator Option). An additional 3 credit hour course is also available (for a total of 9 credit hours) for those who wish to apply for national certification as a nurse educator.
Q. Do SLU BSN graduates have an advantage in the admission process?
A. While we welcome and encourage SLU BSN graduates to apply to the MSN program, all students will be evaluated equally in the admission process.
Q. Is the GRE required?
A. No, the GRE is not required.
Q. Is an interview required?
A. An interview may be required. If required, the purpose of the interview is to assess "fit" between your career goals and the MSN program at SLU. The interview also provides an opportunity for you to address questions you may have about the program. Phone interviews may be accepted.