MNSc Admissions Requirements

IMPORTANT: All application materials and official transcripts must be received by the College of Nursing Admissions’ office by February 1 (Fall admission) or September 1 (Spring admission).  Students given a tentative admission status, that is, those not having met all admission prerequisites such as completion of the BSN degree, current licensure, health assessment, or statistics course may not register for graduate nursing courses until the tentative status is removed. Preference will be given to Arkansas residents.

Applicants for graduate study in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences–College of Nursing must meet the following requirements:


  • Provide evidence of an unencumbered Arkansas or unencumbered compact state RN license. All UAMS College of Nursing (CON) students who are or have been licensed as a nurse (LPN, RN, RNP, APN, etc.) must maintain that nursing license “in good standing” with the appropriate State Board of Nursing throughout their enrollment in the College of Nursing.


  • A course in basic statistics must have a letter grade of “C” or better.
  • Provide evidence of an academic (3 credit hours) or an ANCC-COA continuing education approved health assessment course.  UAMS has a health assessment certification that will qualify.


  • Hold a GPA of 2.85 or above (on a 4 point scale) for regular admission. Students with less than a 2.85 GPA may be considered for conditional admission. However, grade replacement policy is in effect. To replace a grade, number of hours must be equal and course content must be equal. (In the case of repeated courses, only the last grade will be used to calculate the entering GPA.)
  • Admission of conditional applicants, those with a GPA of 2.5 – 2.84, may be contingent based on an interview and the availability of resources and program space. (Students with less than a 2.5 GPA will not be considered for admission.)
  • Admission to the Master of Nursing Science program is competitive and will be ranked by the GPA calculated from the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.  An individual interview and essay may also be a part of the admissions process.  Selection of participants is based on space and availability of resources. Highest GPA and interview scores are given priority consideration.


  • Provide official transcripts from any and all colleges and universities attended.  IMPORTANT NOTE about electronic transcripts: UAMS can only accept electronic official transcripts from eScrip-Safe.  If sending an electronic official transcript to our office, please check to make sure your host institution sends through the eScrip-Safe network before ordering an electronic official transcript. Mail to:
    UAMS College of Nursing
    Student Service Office
    4301 W. Markham Slot 529
    Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
  • Present proof of earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts – If the degree was earned outside of the United States, the applicant must have all international transcripts evaluated by a credentialing entity that is a member of NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) (e.g., or The evaluation must include proof of the equivalency of a United States degree and an equivalent GPA that is based on a 4.0 grading system.
  • Applicants who have attended a previous graduate nursing school or another health related profession school must have a letter submitted from that school that includes a statement regarding the student’s standing at the previous school. Applicants who have been previously dismissed from a program or who are not in good standing will not be considered for admission. Admission will not be considered for anyone who earned a “NC”, or ”C” in any two graduate nursing courses or a “D”, “F”, or “WF” in any graduate nursing course.


  • The CIA official language field listing to determine whether the TOEFL exam is required for international applicants who declare English as their first language. If English is listed as the official language of their country of birth on the CIA listing, the student will not be required to complete the TOEFL exam as an admission requirement. If the applicant was not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language, the applicant may document their English proficiency in one of two ways:An official TOEFL score of at least 550 or above on the paper-based exam, or 213 or above on computer-based exam, or a minimum score of 20 in each section of the iBT is required. The test must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years of admission. Official TOEFL exam score report reflecting successful completion must be received no later than one (1) month past the application deadline date. Only TOEFL test scores received directly from ETS will be accepted as valid. Testing information is available at
  • If the applicant’s entire educational experience has been in the United States, the applicant does not have to take the TOEFL. To document this, the applicant must provide records/transcripts from the time that the applicant entered school in the seventh grade through high school, and college. If the applicant cannot provide this documentation, the applicant may appeal first to the College of Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee, and then to the College of Nursing Dean.


  • Complete the application for the College of Nursing.  Preference will be given to Arkansas residents.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you read the application FAQs before starting the online application.

NOTES (for after possible acceptance):

  • A graduate student must show proof of 2000 hours of work experience as an RN before registering for advanced health assessment, all clinical specialty, or nursing administration practicum courses.
  • Students will be charged a fee for liability insurance.
  • A student must show proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate when registering.
  • Proof of current TB test and completed Hepatitis B immunization series is also required when registering.
  • A standardized entrance exam is NOT required for entry (GRE/MAT).