Application Instructions

Follow this process to apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program.


The Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Geriatric or Pediatric) deadline for Summer 2015 enrollment is December 2014.
The Nurse educator deadline for Fall 2014 enrollment is January 15.

Application process

Applications for the MSN program are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The application cycle is now open for the MSN Practitioner and Educator programs starting in Summer/Fall 2014.

The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended
  • Three recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendations may be from professors or other employers.

In addition to the required application fields, please also complete the "Professional Experience" section of the application.

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions »

Personal statement

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:

  1. 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?
  2. In your opinion, what are the most pressing health care concerns today?
  3. Think about the advanced role you wish to pursue. What could you do in this role to help reduce health disparities?
  4. What would you like to be doing in five years?
  5. 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 submitted viz email as attached documents to the Office of Graduate Admission at Please include your full name at the top of your statement, and list "MSN Personal Statement" in the email's subject line.

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.

International application

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.

Selection process

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.