Frequently Asked Questions for the M.S.N., Nursing Leadership

Q. Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in nursing to apply?

A. Applicants should have RN and BS degrees. If the bachelors is not in nursing, it may be necessary to take a bridge course.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree program?

A. The program is part-time. Students taking approximately 2 classes per semester will complete the program in 3 years.

Q. How are courses offered?

A. Traditionally classes are 1 night per week for 3 hours. Other formats are being introduced to meet the needs of student schedules. Course with clinical components will vary.

Q. How are the courses structured?

A. Graduate nursing programs are on campus usually once per week. Course management of materials is usually done with an online program which students will be introduced to.

Q. What is the application deadline?

A. There are rolling admissions for the program and students can start in fall or spring.

Q. Do I need to take the GRE's?

A. GRE's are not required for the CNL. Admissions are based on a combined evaluation of interview, transcripts, essay, and references.

Q. Can I transfer graduate credits? If so, how many?

A. Students can transfer up to 6 core credits if the courses are similar. Evaluation of transfer credits are approved by the Graduate Program Director.

Q. Can I apply to this program as an international student?

A. International students are welcome to apply.

Q. Whom do I call if I have questions?

A. Call or e-mail Dr. Sally Gerard, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2735 for more information.

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