MSN Application Criteria

Ready to apply to the IUSB MSN graduate program? 

The application cycle for each MSN Track (FNP, Administration and Education) opens March 1st and closes July 31st of each calendar year. All complete applications must be received by the cycle due date to be considered. Please contact the Program Director with questions: cwendelb@iusb.edu or 574-520-4014.

Admission Criteria for all MSN Tracks

  • A BSN from a CCNE or ACEN baccalaureate accredited program
  • A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in your BSN program
    • Students that do not meet the GPA may still qualify to apply. If the GPA is less than 3.0, the student must take the GRE or a graduate level nursing course from an accredited institution that meets the curricular requirements. If one of the options listed above is not completed, the student application will be considered incomplete and not considered for admission.
  • A current, unencumbered United States RN license
  • Highly recommend a minimum of two years current RN practice by the beginning of the program.
  • A three credit 300 level statistics course with earned grade of C or better required within the last seven years
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to use computer technologies to communicate

Program Length

  • FNP track: Can be completed in seven semesters (including summer)
  • Administration and Education tracks: Can be completed in six semesters (including summer)

Program Delivery

  • FNP track: Courses are held face to face once a week (Wednesdays) at the Elkhart Center.
  • Administration and Education tracks: First year core courses only are held once a week (Wednesdays) at the Elkhart Center. Second year Education track-specific courses will be online except for the education practicum (final fall semester).

Fees & Payment Information

Application fee is $40, paid at the time of application.

Find tuition, fees, in-state vs. out-of-state tuition, residency requirements, and payment information at the IU South Bend Bursar Office.

Admissions Questions

Graduate Program Director: Caitlin Vlaeminck MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Mailing Address

Indiana University South Bend
Dwyer College of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
c/o Graduate Program Director
1700 Mishawaka Ave PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111

 

 

Collect three professional references

One reference needs to be from a direct supervisor, manager or director. The following are examples of acceptable professional references:

  • Current or former nursing instructor (Faculty who teach in the IU South Bend MSN program are excluded). 
  • Current or former nurse manager or other clinical supervisor (i.e. house supervisor, shift coordinator, etc.)
  • Nurse working in the role you wish to pursue with whom you have a professional relationship
  • Clinical educator
  • Physician with whom you've worked closely
  • Immediate supervisor from previous healthcare-related employment (i.e. Nurse Tech, CNA, EMT, etc.)

References from peers, colleagues who are close friends, and from relatives are not acceptable.

You will enter your reference contact information into the online application.  When you submit the application, your references will receive an electronic request to complete an online evaluation. References do not need to send a formal letter of recommendation, but if they have a letter written for you, they will have the option to attach it to their evaluation.

Be sure to verify with your contacts that each received, completed, and returned the reference recommendation form.  Your application must include three recommendations and be received by the end of the application cycle of your desired track (July 31st/August 31st) to be considered complete. 

Prepare your resume

Your resume should include, if applicable:

  • Clinical RN experience
  • Other healthcare-related work experience
  • Significant prior careers
  • Certifications and professional development
  • Leadership and/or committee roles in your place of employment
  • Awards, nominations, or other recognition
  • Preceptor experience
  • Healthcare-related volunteer experience
  • Membership to nursing organizations (including nursing student organizations, if a recent graduate) - denote any leadership roles held

There is no page limit - please feel free to use as much space as you need to in order to convey to the admission committee who you are as a nurse and potential graduate student.

Take a screenshot of your RN license

Applicants must possess an active, unencumbered U.S. RN license at the time of application. Please take a screenshot from the licensing board (PLA if in Indiana) website showing your license number and the expiration date.

Prepare a response to the following questions:

Please answer the following questions on a Word Document. Word count should be listed on the top corner of your essay. Word count cannot exceed 750 words.

Question #1:

  • FNP track: There are many advanced practice nursing roles. What about the Family Nurse Practitioner role in particular appeals to you and your future professional goals?
  • Education track: There are many graduate programs in nursing. What about the MSN in Nursing Education in particular appeals to you and your future professional goals?
  • Administration track: There are many graduate programs in nursing. What about the MSN in Nursing Administration in particular appeals to you and your future professional goals?

Question #2: Explain what it means to be a clinician nurse scholar.

Question #3:  Graduate education requires a great deal of time engaged in the educational process.

FNP track:

  • Students take 6 credit hours each semester. You can expect to spend 18-24 hours outside of class reading, writing, and thinking.
  • Clinical courses require extensive clinical work, ranging from 75 to 375 hours per semester.

Education track:

  • Students take 6 credit hours each semester. You can expect to spend 18-24 hours outside of class reading, writing, and thinking.
  • The final practicum course requires extensive teaching mentorship with an assigned nurse educator or faculty member. This course requires 225 hours (approximately 14 hours per week).

Administration track:

  • Students take 6 credit hours each semester. You can expect to spend 18-24 hours outside of class reading, writing, and thinking.
  • The final practicum course requires extensive mentorship experience with an assigned nursing manager/director or administrator. This course requires 225 hours (approximately 14 hours per week).

What is your plan for success to prepare for the expected and unexpected life circumstances that you may face throughout this program?

Submit your transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each university and college attended outside of the Indiana University system. For coursework completed at Indiana University (any campus), we will have access to your official transcript - you do not need to send one.  

To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to the IUSB School of Nursing by the issuing institution or their agent. We cannot accept transcripts that are marked "Issued to Student."  The issuing institution can send transcripts electronically to cwendelb@iusb.edu or by mail to:

Indiana University South Bend

Dwyer College of Health Sciences

School of Nursing
c/o Graduate Program Director
1700 Mishawaka Ave PO Box 7111

South Bend, IN 46634-7111

Complete and submit an online graduate application. https://iugraduate2021.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Search for Nursing MSN Spring Term 2021.

Be sure to upload all of your documents into the application before submitting; only complete applications will be processed.  All documents including reference responses and transcripts must be received by July 31st/August 31st before your application will be considered by the Admissions, Graduation and Progression (APG) Committee.

Indiana University South Bend

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872