Application Information and Process

Application Process

The master’s degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut, with a major in Nursing. Therefore, all students apply to and are admitted to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Nursing.

The following must be submitted online to the Graduate School:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
  2. Graduate School Application
  3. Application fee
  4. Photocopy of current RN license
  5. Three letters of reference:
    • Academic (1): A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor (who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record and aptitude for demanding graduate course work)
    • Professional (2): to address abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing as well as potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field. One each from:
      • A clinical supervisor or nurse manager (who directly supervised you in a clinical setting)
      • A practicing advanced practice nurse (APRN) or physician who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed (preferably in the APRN specialty to which you are applying).
  6. Copy of your curriculum vitae or resume
  7. Four essay questions describing the rationale for graduate nursing education and for the specific track in which you are interested.
  8. This form, verifying you have worked the minimum required hours in Direct Patient Care as an RN.

General Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the entire undergraduate record, or 3.0 or better for the last two years of a bachelor’s degree program;
  • Current RN license;
  • A three-credit undergraduate statistics courses completed with a grade of C or better;
  • A three-credit undergraduate research course completed with a grade of C or better;
  • Comprehensive health assessment knowledge for professional nursing PRAXIS; documented by a three-credit course or its equivalent for students enrolling in individual specialty tracks;
  • Contemporary nursing and related science knowledge in order to be successful in the advanced courses within the graduate program.
  • An uploaded verification of direct patient care hours form for 2080 hours completed prior to application.

Important Information About Academic References

  • An academic reference is required and cannot come from an employee of an academically affiliated medical center; it must come from a former faculty member where the applicant was an undergraduate student, or the director of the pre-licensure program from which you graduated. If the applicant has been "out of school for a long time and none of their faculty are still at the school" they should be directed to the dean's office.
  • An academic reference can be generated based on the student's undergraduate records. There are no exceptions. Should no faculty who knew you be available at your school of nursing, please contact the dean's office there for assistance with obtaining an academic reference. References from coworkers employed at an academic medical center do not meet the requirement for an academic reference, but we welcome those letters as professional references.
  • Also note: A nurse educator/clinical nurse specialist does not meet this requirement, as they address staff development, not academic potential.

Program Cost

The cost for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Leader programs is outlined on the Office of the Bursar's website.

Financial Assistance is available.

Full/Part Time Study

Both full-time and part-time study are available. Full-time study is encouraged for its educational benefits as well as access to financial assistance.


Adult Gerontology Primary Care curricula:

Part Time Plan of Study

Full Time Plan of Study


Adult Gerontology Acute Care curricula


Family Nurse Practitioner curricula


Neonatal Nurse Practitioner curricula


Nurse Educator curricula


Nurse Leader curricula

Notice to All International Students Applying to MS Programs

This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.

Non-Degree or Transfer Coursework

Up to 25% of the credits required for a University of Connecticut master’s degree program may be accepted in transfer from other institutions provided these conditions are met:

  1. the track director reviews the course(s) in question and indicates approval of the transfer of credit(s) by signing the Plan of Study and the Transfer Credit Request Form as appropriate for the degree program;
  2. the courses must be at a level appropriate for a graduate degree and offered by an accredited institution;
  3. such coursework is within the six-year limit for completion of master’s degree requirements; and
  4. the grades earned in any courses to be transferred must be B (not B-) or higher.

Important information about Graduate School fellowships

In order for an applicant to be considered for one of the following fellowships, the applicant must select that they wish to be considered in SLATE. Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:
  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).
The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

In addition, to be eligible for either the fellowships below, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

The Harriott Fellowship (HF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years.

The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars applying to master’s programs. The award consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for two years (MFA is for three years).

For HF and CF fellowships students must submit a diversity statement through the SLATE application system. Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.