Graduate Admissions

Graduate Application Deadlines

Please make sure that you review the application instructions for the track you are interested in. They may require additional materials or contain special instructions. All completed application materials are due by 5:00 pm on the following dates:

*APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON AUGUST 8TH, 2024

  • Spring 2025 Deadline: October 18th, 2024
    • ONLY MSN & DNP with the Nurse Educator, FNP, AGNP & WHNP tracks offer spring admission.
  • Summer 2025 Deadline: March 7th, 2025
    • PhD only has a summer start
    • All graduate programs & tracks, with exception to the following:
      • MSN Nurse Educator DOES NOT have a summer start.
  • Fall 2025 Deadline: March 7th, 2025
    • ONLY MSN Nurse Educator, Certificates & MSN-DNP programs offer fall admission.

 

Step by Step Application Process

The application is a two-step process, applicants must:

1.Submit the online UMKC Application and submit official transcripts from each institution attended to the UMKC Office of Admissions ONLY. Please DO NOT submit official transcripts via NursingCAS.

2. Submit program application and materials through NursingCAS to UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies by deadline stated above. Please review the NursingCAS website for the list of programs offered at UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Required Supplemental Application Materials:

Important Information

*Distance education students who live, work and practice away from the Kansas City area must have an unencumbered license in the state where they complete their clinical rotations.

Admissions Requirements

Some APRN programs have specific experience requirements for admission.
*Click here to see which states we are authorized to deliver university-level distance and online education.

  • A BSN or MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or ACEN).
  • A GPA of  a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission (calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree) or a minimum of 3.2 for their MSN.
  • A current unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  • The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the MSN and BSN-DNP programs; however, they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying, either as a non-degree seeking student or with an equivalent course at another institution);
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed by the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
      • MSN NNP Applicants: The Graduate level statistics is NOT a pre-requisite for the MSN Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program; Graduate level statistics is a course requirement that is a part of the plan of study.
      • MSN PMHNP Applicants: For applicants interested in the Standard Plan of Study, Graduate Statistics will need to be completed prior to the start of the program to be approved for the Standard Plan of Study. If not completed, only the Extended Plan of Study will be an option.
  • Personal interviews are required

      The following three courses are pre-requisites to progression in the Post-MSN DNP program;

  • MSN Nursing Theory course with a minimum grade of B
  • MSN Nursing Research course with a minimum grade of B
  • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.
Please refer to CRNA for program specific admission requirements 

  • MSN or DNP from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or ACEN)
  • A GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission
  • A current unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  • The following are the common pre-requisite graduate level coursework to be completed prior to or as part of the certificate program of study. These courses may be from your MSN/DNP graduate program or completed at UMKC with your certificate hours:
    • Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
    • Advanced Pharmacology/Applied Pharmacology Across the Lifespan
    • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
    • Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
    • Health Promotion
  • A personal interview is required

  • BSN, MSN or RN-MSN from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  • A GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission (calculated on the last 60 hours of the BSN degree) or a minimum of 3.2 for the MSN.
  • A current unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements
  • GRE results - recommended but not required
  • For BSN-PhD applicants ONLY: the following courses are pre-requisite requirements and must be completed with a grade of a B/3.0 GPA equivalent or better:
    • N5550 or MSN theory equivalent course
    • N5555 or MSN research equivalent course
    • N5527 or MSN cultural diversity equivalent course
    • N5528 or MSN policy, politics & ethics equivalent course

MSN Options - Online Tracks

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Post - MSN Certificates - Online Tracks

DNP Options - Online Tracks

DNP Options - Onsite Track

PhD Options - Online Track

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