MSN Graduate Admissions

For MSN applicants: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program is on a rolling basis.
Admission to online graduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State University is competitive. Applicants must have earned a BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and must be ready to participate in an online environment. Admission is based on:

  • A qualitative evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate educational work from a regionally accredited college or university. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended to be successful in the program.
  • A qualitative assessment of the applicant's personal statements, essays and two letters of reference.
  • Relevance of work experience and career objectives to the program objectives. Two years of work experience is recommended. A resume is required.

Applicants to all programs offered by the School of Nursing must:

  • have a current RN license valid in the United States
    IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the University must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license valid in the U.S. to Office of Admissions, Thomas Edison State University, 101 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608-1176.
  • have proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Web and sending and receiving email, including attachments.
  • have minimum system requirements to access an online course: access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer, or Firefox 2.0 or newer. Additional requirements that may apply to nursing courses are specified in the University Catalog and School of Nursing Student Handbook. Some courses require access to PowerPoint and/or Excel software and a webcam.
  • submit a completed application, with nonrefundable fee

In addition to the application, applicants to the MSN program are required to submit the following:

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General Admission Requirements

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BSN degree graduates applying for the MSN degree program must have an official transcript sent from the institution where the BSN degree was awarded and all previously attended institutions. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seals.

Applicants to graduate degree programs must provide official transcripts, a current resume, a statement of background and goals, essay and two letters of reference. Applications will be reviewed to select students who best demonstrate the following criteria:

  • All applicants must have a BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university. View transcript requirements.
  • Applicants to degree programs must provide a current resume with their completed application.
  • Applicants to degree programs must provide two letters of recommendation with their completed application. View letter of recommendation requirements.
  • All statements of background and goals must be completed and submitted with a completed application and will be evaluated critically and used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View statement of background and goals requirements.
  • All appropriate essay questions must be completed and submitted with a completed application; all essays are evaluated critically and used to assess a student's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View essay questions and requirements.
  • Interviews may be requested.

Prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of workplace or community issues.
  • Competency in written expression and presentation skills.
  • Access to and the ability to use email and the Internet.
  • GMAT or GRE scores are NOT required for admission. Students may submit test scores if they have taken the examinations.

Transcript Requirements

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A qualitative evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate educational work from regionally accredited colleges and universities is part of the admissions committee review process. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended to be successful in the program.
Sending Transcripts and Other Documents:

Official transcripts and documentation of all an applicant’s past college credits, professional and/or military training and other experiences, should be sent to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
221 W. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618
  • All applicants must have a BSN from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate-level educational work is required from all previously attended institutions

Regarding transcripts, please note:

  • Transcripts should be sent directly to Thomas Edison State University from the institution(s) an applicant has attended.
  • Transcripts sent to Thomas Edison State University that have been sent first to an applicant from the institution(s) they attended must arrive at Thomas Edison State University in the unopened, sealed envelope from the institution (or institutions) they attended. Applicants may not open their transcripts; Transcripts that arrive at Thomas Edison State University in opened envelopes are not valid and must be resubmitted.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees from international, non-regionally accredited institutions must submit a course-by-course evaluation from an agency approved by Thomas Edison State University. TESU will not evaluate transcripts from other countries and there is no need to send them to us. The University will accept credit recommendations from a required course-by-course evaluation completed by any of the following agencies:

    Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
    www.acei-global.org

    Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.
    www.iescaree.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    www.ece.org 

    World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
    www.wes.org

    SDR Educational Consultants
    www.sdreducational.org

    SpanTran Evaluation Services
    www.spantran.com

    Transcript Research
    www.transcriptresearch.com

All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The University reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions. Thomas Edison State University does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the University does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 visa status. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State University based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.

Please send official transcripts from the institution where your BSN degree was awarded to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
221 W. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

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Applicants to graduate degree programs must submit two letters of recommendation with your application package. Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can assess your abilities on an academic or professional basis. Preferred recommenders include instructors or work supervisors. Co-workers or individuals with whom you work in a volunteer or community organization are also acceptable. Please do not submit recommendations from family or personal friends. MSN Recommendation Form

All recommendations must be current, typed on letterhead and signed, and include:

  • Date of the recommendation
  • Recommender's name, address, phone number and position/title
  • Recommender's affiliation to you
  • Reason the recommender believes you will succeed in the graduate program of choice
  • Recommender's detailed remarks and commendations

Letters of recommendation can be sent as PDF to gradadmissions@tesc.edu or as hardcopy sent via U.S. mail to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
221 W. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618

Statement of Background and Goals

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The Statement of Background and Goals should be limited to 500 words using APA format and citations where applicable. The written statement should address the following:

  • Your professional background;
  • Your professional and personal goals;
  • Your reasons for selecting the program for MSN studies at Thomas Edison State University;
  •  How you expect the MSN program will help you achieve your goals.

This statement is an important part of your application for admission. It allows the MSN admissions committee to evaluate the clarity of your goals and your suitability for the program. In this context, you may wish to briefly summarize any employment, community involvement, personal history, and accomplishments that helped shape your decision. Explain as precisely as possible what you hope to do when you complete the MSN degree.

Essay Questions and Requirements

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Applicants are expected to have prerequisite knowledge and skills to handle complex concepts and communicate clearly about them with stakeholders and professionals from multiple disciplines. To help the MSN admissions committee assess your potential for success in a graduate program, please answer one of the questions listed below.  This scholarly essay should be limited to 750 words, excluding references, and should be written according to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. References are not included in the 750 word limit but must be submitted with the MSN Essay.

 

  1. Describe an experience where you were required to seek and analyze information and to communicate your interpretation of that information to others. Who originated the request? What did you do? Where did you seek information? How did you decide what it meant? On what evidence in the literature did you base your actions? How did you communicate your results to those who wanted to act on the information you provided?
  2. Leaders do many things. They create a vision, and they inspire and motivate people to bring about change in an organization. Select an example of one situation where you exercised leadership. What caused the need for your intervention? Describe what you did. On what evidence in the literature did you base your actions? Identify barriers you encountered. Reflect on your effectiveness. What could you have done differently?

Please proofread your writing, type both documents, and submit them to the Office of Admissions at gradadmissions@tesc.edu .