Application Process & Requirements for UCF MSN Degrees

You have decided to further your education and career with a master’s degree in nursing from UCF. Now let us help you achieve your goals.

Please click on the boxes below for details on the MSN admissions process at UCF.


Meet Application Criteria

No GREBelow are the minimum program requirements for an MSN program at UCF:

  • Fulfill general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog for details.
  • Earned a BSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution. The nursing program must be accredited either with CCNE or ACEN.
  • Passed an undergraduate statistics course.
  • Holds an RN license in the State of Florida, or for out-of-state applicants, the state or country in which you practice.

Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact UCF Global at or call 407-823-2337.

Attend an Information Session

In addition to learning more about the programs and application process, you’ll gain tips on writing your essay, how often you need to come to campus (if at all) and more. Register now.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals for graduate study. To schedule your appointment, contact the College of Nursing’s Graduate Student Services Office.

Gather Documents to Submit
  • Official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) reflecting prior education, recent clinical and/or practice accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications, presentations, grants and/or research participation), awards and scholarships received, additional professional certifications, volunteer activities, and membership, leadership and activities with professional organizations and community service organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • Three (3) recommendations.
  • Written essay (see below)
  • Note: GRE is not required.
Write Essay

Your essay will need to address the following three items and meet the formatting requirements below:

  1. Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
  2. Describe the changes you would make in your personal and professional life to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
  3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.

Written essay formatting requirements:

  • 500 words or less for entire essay, not each question
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins

An interview with faculty may also be required.

Apply by Application Deadlines
Program Apply to UCF Admission Type
Leadership & Management MSN By April 1 Fall Accelerated or part-time
Online By Oct. 1 Spring Accelerated or part-time
Nurse Educator MSN By April 1 Fall Full- or part-time
Online By Oct. 1 Spring Full- or part-time
Healthcare Simulation MSN By April 1 Fall Full- or part-time
Online By Oct. 1 Spring Full- or part-time


Begin the Application Process

Admissions are decided by a committee of faculty and staff within the College of Nursing, based on an applicant’s overall GPA, GPA of the last 60 hours of undergraduate program, CV, and written essay.

Apply online at the UCF College of Graduate Studies.