Master of Science in Nursing – Application Process

MSN – Steps for Application:

Applications are completed through the UCA Graduate school. The minimum requirements for admission to the UCA Graduate School are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a scale of 4.00 OR at least a 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA on any graduate degree or course work taken at another accredited institution.

To apply go to the  UCA Graduate School application. Applicants will need to set -up a new account by clicking on the “First timer use account creation.” Students that have been previous UCA students still need to create an account. Once a login and PIN have been created, the application process begins. Do NOT use any old numbers associated with previous UCA enrollment.  Make up a PIN and ID that is for your application only. The School of Nursing has additional requirements for admission that will be uploaded or sent to the UCA Graduate School application. (see below)

Transcripts can be electronically sent to the UCA Graduate School team at:

If transcripts are mailed address to: UCA Graduate School, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Torreyson West 328, Conway AR 72035 Attention: Colleen Elliott

International students- submit your application to the Office of International Engagement.

Applicants that have question should contact the UCA Graduate School Admission Coordinator, Ms. Colleen Elliott. Email or call 501-450-5065

UCA School of Nursing Application Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission. All required documents are sent to the UCA Graduate School.

  • A Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Documentation of unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Arkansas or state where clinical experiences will take place. Undergraduate Nursing students preparing to graduate, should obtain a letter from the Dean or Director of Nursing School stating expected graduation date verifying current enrollment.
  • Scholarly Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume


  • Scholarly Writing Sample: 1n 750 -1,000 words prepare a scholarly writing sample based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s publication, Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, current edition. Students should read the document, select one essential and describe how the selected essential influenced the student’s decision to pursue the MSN. Students will be asked to utilize APA formatting. Review the Scholarly writing rubric for more details: Scholarly-Writing-Rubric-2019

The AACN’s Essentials document can be assessed at:  AACN Masters Essentials

  • Personal Statement – In 300 words or less, please write a well-crafted statement about how you plan to fit the rigors and time commitment of graduate education into your life. Topics to consider are: Time management and Personal life management. Review the Personal Statement rubric for more details: Personal-Statement-Rubric-2019
  • Resume – A abbreviated resume containing the following information:
    1. Education
    2. Licensure
    3. Certifications (if applicable)
    4. Work History

All written documents must be:

  • Submitted as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point font (Times New Roman)
  • APA (6th/7th) format for in-text citations and reference

Completed applications will be reviewed by the School of Nursing. Each applicant will be assigned to a faculty team that will grade the scholarly writing, the personal statement and complete an interview. The results for each applicant will be weighted with the GPA to determine applicant rank.