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Nursing

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Nursing. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen April 1 September 1 No Entry
International April 1 September 1 No Entry


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
(In order to expedite the processing of your application, we ask that you submit all supporting documents in one large envelope.)
Web Sites of Interest

 E-mail: gradnursing@purdue.edu
School of Nursing
Johnson Hall of Nursing
Purdue University
502 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2069
USA

Completing the application: A “Statement of Purpose” is required.

This statement should include:
- your reasons for seeking an MS or DNP degree
- how this degree will help you achieve your personal goals

The “Statement of Purpose” should be 350-500 words (single spaced text, 11 point Arial font, 0.75 inch margins).

For the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program three letters of recommendation are required (one letter from a clinical supervisor, one from an academic advisor or faculty member, and one from a nursing peer).

A personal interview with a graduate program faculty advisor will be required for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.

Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.*STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of one year or 1500 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • Successful (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) completion of an undergraduate OR graduate statistics* course. The course must be taken within five years of matriculation into the program or concurrent with the first semester of graduate coursework.
    *STAT 301, SOC 382, SOC 581, Methods of Social Research II (3), STAT 501, Experimental Statistics I (3), STAT 511, Statistical Methods (3), PSY 500, or course deemed completed by the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required (and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required(and/or Graduate GPA of 3.0)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree With a Major in Nursing
    Degree must be from a school/department/college of nursing that is
    accredited by the NLN and/or CCNE
  • Eligible for Indiana Registered Nurse Licensure
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not required, but recommended

    If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.