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MSN Admissions - International Students

ADMISSION CRITERIA (Summer start only)

1. A nursing degree from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. college or university.

2. Proficiency in English. If applicant's native language is not English, the TOEFL is required:
- Paper score of 600 or higher (100 iBT)
- TOEFL speaking score greater than 25
- TOEFL scores must be current within 1 year of the application
- Scores should be sent directly to the Office of International Programs

3. Current designation as a professional nurse in the country of practice:

  1. Online students who will be practicing only in their native country (to meet the clinical course requirements of the MSN program) should hold licensure or professional recognition of a nurse in that country. The application packet must include verification of licensure/designation.
  2. Online students who will be practicing nursing in the U.S. (to meet clinical course requirements of the MSN program) must have a current nursing license to practice in a state or territory of the U.S. where they will be practicing as students. The application packet must include verification of licensure.

4. A demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.

5. A credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work are required.

6. A minimum of 1 year full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required prior to the registration in clinical or specialty courses

7. A personal/phone interview with a School of Nursing program advisor is highly recommended. Interviews may be arranged by calling the School at 412-396-4945.

8. Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

Required MSN Orientation
All new MSN students must attend a mandatory orientation on campus May 11 and 12, 2015.


  • Undergraduate statistics course or equivalent
  • Undergraduate physical assessment course


The admissions process for nursing graduate studies is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing. Duquesne University has developed a common online application for all graduate programs. Applicants to the School of Nursing must complete the online University Application AND the School of Nursing Graduate application.

  1. Complete the online Duquesne University International Application.
    Please choose the INTERNATIONAL application, not the Graduate Nursing application
  2. Mail the following to the School of Nursing:
  • Completed, signed School of Nursing application
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV): a complete resume with dated work and practice, honors, awards, publications and presentations
  • Copy of current unencumbered RN license
  • Description of professional goals and how you plan to use advanced nursing knowledge in your future. This goal statement should be 1-2 typed pages, double-spaced, on separate sheet(s)
  • 2 professional reference letters - one academic, one employment (have the letters sealed in envelopes and signed across the envelope seal by the endorsers). Reference letters should address the following: Reasons for pursuing graduate level education; potential for success in graduate studies, knowledge in chosen field; ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to express thoughts in speech and writing; ability to analyze and problem solve; leadership potential; and integrity.
  • The request for Advanced Standing Form and supporting documents, if requesting advanced standing

3. Arrange for these documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing:

  • Official BSN transcript
  • Official transcripts for prerequisite courses, if not included on BSN program transcript
  • Official transcripts of Master's-level courses, if requesting advanced standing
  • Credential evaluation from CGFNS and WES

4. Arrange for TOEFL scores to be sent directly to the Office of International Programs.

5. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.

6. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in the class.

MSN Special Status, Non-degree