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Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission Requirements

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  • BSN from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.

  • Current Wisconsin RN license*.  Individuals processing licensure from a state other than Wisconsin should contact for additional information regarding the licensure requirement. 

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    • Applicants with a GPA of 2.70 to 2.99 may be considered for admission under probationary status.

  • Three professional references.

    • The online application from the Office of Graduate Studies requests you list three references which reflect current knowledge of professional and/or academic skills.  The applicant is responsible to  forward the reference form found in Step 3 below  to the references they have listed on the online Graduate Studies application form.

  • An acceptable undergraduate statistics course completed within the past 5 years.

    • The course must be at least 3 credits and include both descriptive and inferential statistics.

    • The course does not need to be completed prior to application, however it does need to be completed before enrollment in any graduate nursing course. Applicants admitted with a statistics course in progress will be admitted conditional upon successful completion of the course.

    • A grade of B or higher must be obtained in the statistics course.

    • Please click here for a list of acceptable statistics courses. Further questions regarding acceptable statistic courses can be directed to

  • Registered nurse experience is helpful, but not required.

 Important Dates

Application:  The College of Nursing admits students to the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator emphases every fall.  Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator applications are available July 1st through April 1st for the fall admission cycle.  Application materials must be received by the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office and official transcripts must be received by the Graduate Studies Office by April 1st to to be eligible.

Interview (Eligible Applicants)The College of Nursing Graduate Program will hold interviews for fall admissions once a month beginning in August.  Upon successful submission of all application materials, the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office will contact the applicant with further information regarding the exact interview date.  Applicants will be interviewed monthly until April.  The maximum number of applicants admitted into each emphasis (CNL and NE) may be reached prior to April.  If the maximum number of applicants are accepted prior to application closure on April 1st, applicants will be added to a wait list and offered enrollment if a spot becomes available in the emphasis. 

Orientation:  All new admits must attend a mandatory College of Nursing Graduate Program orientation session on campus.  The orientation date will be announced January. 

Additional Information:  We encourage admitted students to take a summer writing course to ensure that they are prepared for their graduate studies.  These courses often include writing tips, using a bibliographic management program, and using APA format.  Admitted students will receive a list of suggestions of possible online writing courses. 

Application Process

Step 1:

  • Complete the online application and pay the $56 application fee at

  • The application is a UW System form and is sent electronically to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies.

Step 2:

  • Official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts must be sent directly to UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies.  Transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.  Applicants that have either graduated from, or taken courses at, UW Oshkosh do not need to submit official transcripts from UW Oshkosh as these can be accessed from our internal offices.

  • Transcripts from other universities must be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Studies

Dempsey Hall 337

800 Algoma Blvd

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Step 3:

Applicants must mail Items A-D listed below directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office. 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

College of Nursing - Graduate Program Office

Nursing/Education 147

800 Algoma Blvd

Oshkosh, WI  54901

A. Resume

B. RN license*

C. Completion of appropriate attached written requirement based on emphasis applying for:

D. Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)**

 * Applications can be submitted from those who have yet to graduate from their BSN program and attain RN licensure.  Transcripts bearing BSN degree completion and proof of RN license must be submitted prior to granting full-standing admission to the program.

**Upon admission to program applicants will be requested to complete a full background check with associated fees the student’s responsibility. This form will not be part of the evaluation process for selection into the program but will be used for advising purposes only.

Reference Forms

Applicants must follow directions for Reference Forms (Item E) for completion of application process.

Instructions: Applicants are to complete the top portion of the reference form and forward to the three references they have listed on online Graduate Studies application form.  Reference forms are to be returned directly from the reference to the Graduate Program Office. This can be done either by email, fax  or mailing to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

  E. MSN Reference Letter Form   - A minimum of 3 reference forms are required.

Step 4:








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College of Nursing
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