MSN: Entry-Level Admissions

We welcome your application for the St. Catherine University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry-Level degree.

Apply via the NursingCAS centralized application system (details below) to start in Spring (February) semester, and consult the information below for details on prerequisite courses requirements.

If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. They’re here to help!

Timelines and deadlines

We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2024 enrollment. Applications may be submitted for the Spring 2025 cycle starting in April 2024.

The application deadline is September 1 (11:59pm Eastern) for Spring 2025 enrollment.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Degree: A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). The degree may be in any discipline.

  • Grade Point Average: A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.80-2.99 may petition to be considered for the graduate program by completing the optional Petition question in NursingCAS. St. Catherine University follows the NursingCAS method of calculating GPA.

  • Prerequisite courses: Successful completion of undergraduate prerequisite courses, as listed below.

State-level restrictions

Due to state-level regulations, we are unable to enroll students who will be residing in any of these states while enrolled in this program: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.

MSN: Entry-Level prerequisite requirements

Below is a list of undergraduate courses that must be completed prior to starting the MSN: Entry-Level program.

  • Eligible applicants must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of C or higher in each course.
  • Only one prerequisite course may be repeated one time; this includes withdrawals. The original grade must have been taken for a C or higher.
  • Courses taken over the time limits (see below) do not count as a repeat.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three prerequisite courses completed (with credits and grades posted on transcripts) by the application deadline; courses must also meet the time limit requirements listed below. At least two courses must be lab science.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the graduate program.

Due to the competitive nature of the MSN: Entry-Level option, candidates are encouraged to complete more than the minimum requirements to strengthen their application.

The following courses must be completed within seven years of starting the graduate program:

  • *Human Anatomy and Physiology I (or Human Anatomy) with lab (4 semester credits)
    St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2400, BIOL 2510, BIOL 2610
    *Applicants must complete these courses as a paired sequence in order to fulfill the requirement:
    - Human Anatomy with Human Physiology
    - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • *Human Anatomy and Physiology II (or Human Physiology) with lab (4 semester credits)
    St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2410, BIOL 2520, BIOL 2620
    *Applicants must complete these courses as a paired sequence in order to fulfill the requirement:
    - Human Anatomy with Human Physiology
    - Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Statistics (3-4 semester credits)
    Course must be inclusive of descriptive and inferential statistics.
    St. Kate's equivalent: PSYC 1090, STATS 1090, ECON 1090, HLTH 1090 (equivalencies for courses taken prior to 2016: PSYC 2050, MATH 1080, ECON 2250)
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3-4 semester credits)
    St. Kate's equivalent: PSYC 2025
  • Microbiology with lab (3-4 semester credits)
    St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2200, BIOL 2450, BIOL 3210

We will consider courses completed in an online format from a regionally accredited institution. However, we encourage students to complete courses that include a lab component in a face-to-face format, if possible.

Use the online Transfer Evaluation System (TES) resource to determine if a specific course you have taken (or plan to take) will fulfill an MSN: Entry-Level prerequisite requirement. All St. Catherine course equivalencies listed in TES are fully verified by our Registrar’s Office.

How to use TES

  1. Make note of the St. Catherine department abbreviation (BIOL, CHEM, MATH, etc.) and course numbers in the MSN: Entry-Level prerequisite list.
  2. Connect to TES
  3. Identify the institution from which you have completed courses (or plan to complete courses). You may search for institutions using the “Find Transfer College by Name” search box, or use the alphabetical index provided.
  4. Enter the course code for one of our MSN: Entry-Level prerequisites (e.g., MATH 1080). Select “Home Course” and click on Search. This will identify any courses from the institution that are equivalent to the St. Catherine prerequisite course. You could also enter the code for the other institution’s course, and select “Transfer Course” and Search. This will identify any St. Catherine courses that might be equivalent to the other institution’s course. Be sure to review any notes with additional information for a given course.

If you have searched via TES and can’t find a specific school or course listing, contact your admission counselor for assistance. Please include the institution, course name and number, semester of completion, and course description in your email.

Transcript Review

Due to the high volume of interest in the MSN: Entry-Level program, the Office of Graduate Admission does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. After the NursingCAS application form and official transcripts are submitted, an evaluation of previous coursework is completed and applicants are notified of any outstanding prerequisite courses.

Application form

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application.

Applications are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). The following materials must be submitted directly to NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework)*
  • Three recommendations. One recommendation should be from a current supervisor, from your employment or your volunteer work; the other may be from a professor or other employer. The nursing faculty would like the following information to be addressed in the recommender's letter — please pass along this information to each of your recommenders. "Please describe how you know the applicant. Describe the applicant’s qualities such as professionalism, organizational skills, ability to work under stress, customer care, reliability, and dependability."
  • Résumé

*Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the NursingCAS process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to NursingCAS, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.

A personal statement is required as part of the application process. Specific questions to be addressed are located in the Program Materials section of the NursingCAS application (under the “Questions” tab).

Enrollment Information: Spring 2023 Cohort

  • Number of applicants: 62
  • Class size: 38
  • Acceptance rate: 74%
  • Average overall undergraduate GPA: 3.42
  • Average prerequisite course GPA: 3.26


Test Scores

Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES).  All costs related to document evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility. Unofficial evaluation results must be reported in NursingCAS. If admitted into the MSN program, the official evaluation must be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.

This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Official test scores must be submitted directly to St. Catherine University from the educational testing service as part of the application process.

Selection Process

Admission for this program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Each completed application is reviewed holistically, with attention paid to each applicant's goals and experiences. The selection process also takes into consideration the composition of each student cohort; the University seeks to enroll a group of students from a variety of backgrounds, with diverse academic and professional interests and life experiences.

Submitting Materials

Please review all application instructions. Once you’ve submitted the online application, you will have access to your Application Status page to upload any supporting documents (instructions for accessing the status page were emailed at the time you submitted the application). If you are unable to upload electronic documents to your Application Status page, you may send items as an attachment via email to Paper documents may be mailed to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is completed by the deadline. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

International applicants

The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.


Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

International Student Forms

International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the NursingCAS application.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.

Additional Documentation

Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.

Questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.).

Contact an admission counselor