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The GRE Requirement has been suspended for the next five years. You no longer need to take the GRE to apply to a graduate program in the School of Nursing - read more about it!

Fall 2015 Graduate Applications are all available through our Applications Page. December 16th is the application deadline for all graduate programs.

For additional details, please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions and check back soon for more information.

Program Overview

Registered Nurses with an Associate’s Degree or Diploma in Nursing are eligible to apply directly to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing’s Master’s Program.

Master of Science in Nursing Options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner – Oncology – Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Care Systems – Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Health Care Systems – Nurse Educator
    Health Care Systems – Informatics
  • Health Care Systems – Outcomes Management
  • Health Care Systems – Administration


Registered nurses must complete 51 college-level credits including specific pre-nursing courses prior to enrollment in the master’s program. (Students may apply prior to completing the courses, with a plan to complete all pre-requisites prior to matriculation. Please call for more specific information.)

Applicants must meet admissions requirements of the University’s Graduate School as well as the School of Nursing’s requirements for master’s applicants. Due to course sequencing, RN-MSN applicants are only admitted for fall term matriculation.

Registered nurse applicants will complete the integrated online Graduate School/MSN Application, having a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (using only courses that comprise the 51 pre-requisite course credits) is expected. Additionally, applicants must also have minimally one year clinical experience as a Registered Nurse prior to enrollment.

Course Requirements

The pre-requisite academic courses (51 college-level credits) which follow may be taken at any accredited college or university.

English Composition 3 credits
Humanities (e.g., history, fine arts, literature, philosophy) 9 credits
Biological Sciences, including Anatomy and Physiology 12 credits
Other Sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics) 6 credits
Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) 15 credits
Statistics (must NOT be older than 10 years of matriculation to the RN-MSN Program) 3 credits
Elective (humanities, science or social science) 3 credits

TOTAL 51 credits

RN-MSN Specific Curriculum

RN-MSN students will complete the following three undergraduate level courses following admission to the RN-MSN Program but prior to enrolling in a master’s level clinical course. For detailed information about the Nursing Leadership advanced practice area and a listing of the master’s-level courses required, refer to the MSN program site.

*           A total of 35 advanced placement credits will be granted to registered nurse students by the School of Nursing following successful completion of NURS 491 and 492.

NURS 491 Improving Nursing Practice: Application of Concepts, Theories and Research (3 credits)
This course emphasizes analysis of clinical problems which affect the nursing care of selected populations. Students also apply the nursing process, therapeutic communication skills, and teaching-learning principles in clinical situations.

NURS 492 Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Selected concepts and theories are explored as a basis for making judgments and decisions in nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice.

NURS 494 Community Health Nursing for the Public’s Health (6 credits)
Prepares RN students for population-focused practice in community health nursing. Analyses and applications of selected theories, and health promotion/protection.

For general information on the School of Nursing, please fill out our inquiry form. For application materials, please see the School of Nursing Applications Page. You may also direct questions to:

Office of Student Affairs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing, Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Ph: 919-966-4260; Fx: 919-966-3540
Email: son_gradnursing@unc.edu; Website: nursing.unc.edu

RN Option Leader 
Jennie Wagner, BSN MSM IBCLC
(919) 966-0579

Office of Multicultural Affairs
(919) 966-7767