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 with an upper-division major in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited nursing programs will be evaluated individually).
  • A minimum GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale overall or 3.00 on the last 60 hours of earned credit.
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in basic statistics, with a grade of C or above.
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
  • Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  • A completed application.

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. Applicants will put in their name, birthdate, and email address and a PIN number will be sent to the email provided. A password will then be created. The School of Nursing has additional requirements for admission that will be upload into 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.

  • 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: In 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

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
  • Resume – An 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 (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.