Application Instructions For

nursing: entry-level

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

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

Baccalaureate 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).

Grade point average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will have an opportunity to provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement in the NursingCAS application.

Prerequisite coursework
Specific prerequisite courses are required for the MSN: Entry-Level option; review the next section for details.

Below is a list of undergraduate courses that must be completed prior to starting the MSN: Entry-Level option. 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 (older courses may be repeated if originally taken over the time limit with a grade of C or better).

Applicants must have a minimum of three prerequisite courses completed (with credits and grades posted on transcripts) at the time of application; courses must also meet the time limit requirements listed below. At least one course must be a 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 five 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

*Human Anatomy and Physiology II (or Human Physiology) with lab (4 semester credits)
St. Kate's equivalent: BIOL 2410, BIOL 2520, BIOL 2620

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)

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

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

*Applicants must complete these courses as a paired sequence in order to fulfill the requirement:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- Human Anatomy with Human Physiology

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.

Course equivalencies for St. Catherine Prerequisites

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.

  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.

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

The MSN: Entry-Level application deadline is June 15 (11:59 p.m. EST) for Spring enrollment. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure that all materials are received. Only applications that are "complete" or "verified" by the deadline will be considered.

We are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2019 enrollment. Applications for Spring 2020 may be submitted starting on January 1, 2019.

Applications for the MSN: Entry-Level option are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) from January 1 to June 15. 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; 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."
  • Resume

*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).

Access the NursingCAS application materials and instructions.

  • Number of applicants: 139
  • Class size: 60
  • Acceptance rate: 43.2%
  • Average overall undergraduate GPA: 3.30
  • Average prerequisite course GPA: 3.63

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

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a 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.

Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must include your name, institution name, all courses taken and grades received. Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to

Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (; electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

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.

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.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.


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 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.

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.

Please submit the Certification of Finances form to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.

St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: 651.690.6933

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questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

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