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Nursing - MS

The Graduate Program in Nursing currently offers three clinical practice tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Evidence-Based Nursing (EBN), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Within the Evidence-Based Nursing track, students can complete a program of study in Clinical Nursing Education. The Clinical Nurse Leader and Evidence-Based Nursing tracks are designed to be completed in three to four semesters of full-time study, including summer. The Family Nurse Practitioner track is completed in five semesters of full-time study. Individual plans of study are available for those wishing to pursue part-time study. Although no guarantees are given, we do try to accommodate student requests to the fullest extent possible. All tracks prepare nurses for evidence-based practice through critical inquiry using a variety of instructional modalities.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Case-by-case

Supplemental Materials: The Details

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If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.
  • Additional Department Requirements: Send transcripts showing completion or enrollment in prerequisite courses

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

After you have submitted your online application and are assigned an UNH ID, visit our online Letter of Recommendation Request Form for instructions and to request letters from your chosen referees. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and two current nursing professionals with graduate education background.

Personal Statement:

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Once you have completed your statement, you can submit it:

  • Electronically, as part of the online application process (strongly recommended)
  • Via email to grad.docs@unh.edu
  • Mail a hard copy directly to our office (address at bottom of page)

Additional Department Requirements:

Applicants are required to have an unencumbered RN license in the United States, degree in nursing or outside nursing, and successful completion of undergraduate statistics and research to be eligible to apply to this program.

Non-BSN Admission Requirements:
RNs whose baccalaureate degree is in a discipline other than nursing may apply to the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) program and will be considered for the track that is commensurate with their clinical experience based on faculty discretion.

  1. Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  2. Baccalaureate degree in another field
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
  4. Nursing experience preferred but not required
  5. Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate research course
  6. Interview may be requested

Accelerated Master’s program:
Current UNH undergraduate nursing students are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Master’s program. Deadline Summer: April 1; Fall: July 1; Spring: November 1. Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and may apply to Clinical Nurse Leader or Evidence-Based Nursing tracks only.

Important Notes:

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.