Follow this process to apply to the Master of Arts in Nursing program.
The NP: Adult and Pediatric concentrations of the MANU program for Fall 2013 are closed.
Applications for the Nurse Educator concentration will be accepted until all spaces are filled for Fall 2013 enrollment.
Submit all application materials to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail Stop #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure her or his application is completed by the application deadline. Any applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who previously:
- Enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
- Attended a graduate information session within the past five years
- Completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years
If one or more of the above statements applies to you:
- If submitting a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
- If submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.
Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates advanced written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Do not exceed four typed, double-spaced pages. Handwritten essays will not be accepted. Please address the following topics:
- Describe a situation when you/your team had a significant impact on a patient or a group of patients. How have you been transformed by that experience?
- In your opinion, what are the most pressing health care concerns today?
- Think about the advanced role you wish to pursue. What could you do in this role to help reduce health disparities?
- What would you like to be doing in five years?
- Nurse Educator applicants only: Describe any previous teaching experience you may have had (precepting new graduates, doing patient education, conducting continuing education, teaching classes, etc.)
Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed above. Applicants who wish to submit their statements via e-mail should send the completed attachment to email@example.com. Please enter “MANU Personal Statement” in the subject line. Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of recent clinical practice as a registered nurse. Applicants to the Pediatric or Adult-Gerontological options must have at least one year of experience in the area of specialization. Applicants to the Neonatal option must have at least two years of recent experience in a Level 3 nursery.
Résumés may also be sent as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter “MANU Résumé” in the subject line. Handwritten resumes will not be accepted.
Three MANU recommendation forms must be completed by professional and/or academic references who can attest to the applicant’s ability to satisfactorily pursue graduate study and can address the applicant’s nursing practice.
These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed above. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed forms are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at the St. Catherine University. Graduation with a baccalaureate degree or documentation of a completed upper-division second major in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the American Association of Colleges of Nursing is required.
Applicants must hold a current U.S. nursing license. Official verification of current licensure with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota will be made prior to students entering the program. Nurse Practitioner candidates will need to show evidence of professional liability insurance as a registered nurse/nurse practitioner, which will be verified prior to beginning clinical courses.
Applicants for all concentrations must have completed a post-secondary statistics course inclusive of inferential and descriptive statistics with a grade of not less than ‘C’ (or ‘S’). This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution.
TOEFL / MELAB scores
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or better on the paper and pencil test, 100 on the iBT or 250 on the computerized test, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 90 or better.
This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services, as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Application and Certification of Finances, in addition to the MANU program application. No additional application fee is required.
Qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview with the Admission Committee.
Each application that has been completed with the items listed above and received by St. Catherines will be considered. The admission decision is made by the graduate interview committee, which evaluates the applicant’s background, qualifications and potential.
Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.