Applying to graduate nursing programs

Applicants must complete the application process by April 1st for an anticipated fall admission.

Letters of acceptance or denial are sent out in the spring. Accepted applicants receive registration and advising instructions in their letter of acceptance for fall admission.

Please note, additional screening may be required to assess the applicant's ethical or critical reasoning abilities.

Step 1

Apply to CMU

Complete the CMU graduate application and pay the associated graduate application fees.

  1. CMU Graduate Application

Step 2

Submit supplemental items

2. Submit the following documents, in .pdf format, directly to the Department of Health Sciences via the email address:, and use the subject line to identify the degree (e.g. MSN, DNP, non-degree seeking) and cognate (e.g. family nurse practitioner, nurse educator) to which you are applying.

  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in nursing coursework.
  • Copy of unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of residence.
  • Three letters of professional and academic recommendation.
  • Professional writing sample. This can be a published manuscript, grant application or scholarly paper written for an undergraduate or graduate nursing course.
  • Essay of 500 words or less on why you are seeking a graduate degree in nursing. Explain why a graduate degree is necessary for you to meet your professional development goals.
  1. Email documents to Health Science