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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:

  • An evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate educational work from a regionally accredited college or university. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended to be successful in the program.
  • An assessment of the applicant's personal statements, essays and two letters of reference with corresponding recommendation forms.
  • Relevance of work experience and career objectives to the program objectives. Two years of work experience is recommended. A resume is required.
  • An assessment of the applicant's competency in written expression and presentation skills.

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, 111 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608.
  • 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

General Admission Requirements top of page

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. GMAT or GRE scores are NOT required for admission. Students may submit test scores if they have taken the examinations.

Applicants to graduate degree programs must provide official transcripts, a current resume, a statement of background and goals, essay and two letters of reference, with corresponding recommendation forms. Applications will be reviewed to select students who best demonstrate the ability to successfully complete graduate nursing studies.

Transcript Requirements top of page

An 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 3.0 is recommended to be successful in the program.

Sending Transcripts and Other Documents:

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution which awarded their baccalaureate degree. Transcripts should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Regarding transcripts, please note:

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 to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Letter of Recommendation Requirements top of page

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, preferably 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. A completed MSN Recommendation Form must accompany each letter of recommendation.

All recommendations must be current, typed on letterhead and hand-signed. Electronic signatures without a hand-written signature will not satisfy the School of Nursing requirements. Letters of recommendation must include:

  • Completed and signed MSN Recommendation Form
  • Date of the recommendation
  • Name, address, phone number and position/title of person writing the recommendation
  • Affiliation to the applicant
  • Reason he or she believes the applicant will succeed in the graduate program of choice
  • Detailed remarks and commendations

Letters of recommendation and Recommendation Forms are to be sent as a PDF document to gradadmissions@tesu.edu or as a 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 top of page

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 top of page

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 6thedition 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? Be sure to address the concept of leadership rather than management in your essay. Leadership and management are not the same.

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