Admission Requirements

The Direct Entry Master's in Nursing (DEMN) program is for non-registered nurses with a BA/BS or higher degree in a field other than nursing.  A grade point average of 3.0 or better is suggested. Previous course work and professional experience is taken into consideration. Pre-requisite courses must be complete at the time the application is reviewed.  Applicants who are in the process of completing a pre-requisite course spring semester must have instructor submit grade to date directly to wendy.kaban@unh.edu in the nursing department between April 1 and April 8.  These include Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab, Microbiology at the cellular level with lab, and Statistics, all with a grade of B or better. 

Knowledge of the basic processes and methods of research is necessary for students entering the DEMN program. If you have no background in research, we suggest you enroll in an introductory research course or self-study this content prior to matriculation in the DEMN program. The following introductory nursing research textbooks may be used for self-study:

  • Boswell, C. & Cannon, S. (2012). Introduction to Nursing Research: Incorporating Evidence Based Practice 3rd ed.  Jones & Bartlett Publishers;
  • Fain, J. (2013). Reading, Understanding, and Applying Nursing Research 4th ed. F. A. Davis Company; and
  • Polit, D. & Tatano, B. (2013). Essentials of Nursing Research: Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice 8th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

TOEFL:
All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction.  All other non-native English speakers must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (Internet based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).

GRE and MAT:
The GRE and MAT are not required. 

Application Process and Deadline
Individuals interested in the Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing program should apply to the University of New Hampshire Graduate School. The completed application deadline is April 1st with staggered admissions.  Application review resumes after September 1 for any available seats.  Please note the application is generic for all graduate programs. Application status is posted on the Graduate School web site. 

References
Letters of recommendation should be substantial with at least one academic reference. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted. Interview may be requested.

Required Clinical Documents
Students accepted into the Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing program are required to submit the following current documents by December 15 prior to beginning program using approved Department of Nursing forms, if applicable. All documents must be current and remain up-to-date throughout the program. Students will be required to pay a late fee of $100 if documentation is not received by December 15. Updated documents must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to expiration to avoid the $100 late fee. Failure to comply with this policy will result in loss of clinical time and may affect progress towards graduation. The student may not attend clinical experiences if this information is not on file in the department the first day of class or if a document expired. A $60 per hour fee will be assessed if clinical make-up hours are allowed.

  • Department of nursing health form with titres for mumps, measles, rubella and chicken pox*;
  • Proof of immunization for Tdap within the last five years;
  • Hepatitis B titre*;
  • Proof of 2-step PPD results yearly and if positive PPD, one chest X-ray with written documentation of no active disease then written documentation of no active disease yearly;
  • Proof of flu vaccine yearly;
  • Proof of health assessment within 12 month of first day of class and yearly thereafter;
  • CPR at the Healthcare Provider level only;
  • Criminal background report via approved, online agency yearly and New Hampshire State Police yearly, regardless of residency; and
  • Drug and alcohol testing by approved vendor on assigned date and time; random testing thereafter; and further testing if there is reasonable suspicion or if unable to supply testable sample at the student's expense.

*Must have positive immunity titre results for MMR, Varicella and Hep B.  If MMR or Varicella titres are negative, the student must submit documentation of boosters; if Hep B titre is negative, student must submit documentation of repeated Hep B series.  Titres are not repeated.

Graduate Assistantship (GA)/Teacher Aid (TA)
Graduate Assistantships and Teacher Aid positions are not typically available to Direct Entry Master's in Nursing program students.  For financial aid inquiries, contact the Financial Aid Office.

BSN Admission Requirements:
Registered nurses (RNs) who have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN and currently hold an unencumbered active RN license in the United States and who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing are considered for admission to the Clinical Nurse Leader, Evidence-Based Nursing, or the Family Nurse Practitioner track. Applicants are required to have a good academic record and completion of coursework in statistics and research. Scroll down this page to continue at References.

Non-BSN Admission Requirements:
RNs whose baccalaureate degree is in a discipline other than nursing may apply to the master of science degree in nursing (M.S.) program and will be considered for the track that is commensurate with their clinical experience based on faculty discretion.  If a Master of Science Degree in Nursing has been conferred, students may apply to the Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, if desired.

1.  Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
2.  Baccalaureate degree in another field
3.  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in associate and baccalaureate programs
4.  Nursing experience preferred but not required
5.  Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course and undergraduate research course
6.  Interview may be requested
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Accelerated Master's Program for Current UNH Senior Nursing Students:
Qualified senior students at the University of New Hampshire may be admitted to the Graduate School provided they have followed normal application procedures; they must have been admitted for the semester in which they wish to enroll in courses for graduate credit.  A 3.2 cumulative grade-point average is normally required to be considered for the accelerated master’s program.  Such seniors are normally admitted prior to the start of their last undergraduate semester.  Seniors who have been admitted under accelerated master’s program may register for a maximum of three courses for up to 12 graduate credits. 

When seniors admitted to the accelerated master's program have registered for graduate courses, they must maintain a grade-point average of 3.20, complete their undergraduate degree as planned, and pass graduate courses taken for credit with a grade of B- or better.  If these conditions are not met, admission is withdrawn.

Dual-credit forms must be completed and approved by the dean of the Graduate School at the beginning of the semester for which dual credit is sought. 

Students accepted under accelerated master’s follow the clinical nurse leader or evidence-based nursing track. Undergraduate students accepted as graduate nursing students under accelerated master’s guidelines, are admitted with the stipulation that their RN license must be obtained prior to beginning any clinical course.  Stipulation is removed upon verification of the RN license provided to the department of nursing.

Apply to the accelerated master’s program through the Graduate School by April 1 of your junior year if you wish to begin summer after your junior year, by July 1 after your junior year if you wish to begin fall of your senior year.  Apply November 1 of your senior year if you wish to begin spring of your senior year.  Admission is provisional:  must have RN license before registering for NURS 952 or NURS 955.

References:
All applicants' references should be substantial with at least one academic from your nursing program and two current nursing professionals with graduate education background.  Referee's credentials should be included on reference form

TOEFL:
All applicants who are  non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction.  All other non-native English speakers must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (Internet based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).

GRE and MAT:
The GRE and MAT are not required. 

Apply:
Apply online at http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/.  Application deadline for fall admission is April 1; application deadline for spring admission is November 1. The faculty in the Department of Nursing review completed applications September through May for fall or spring admission (rolling admission).

The certificate of advanced practice is designed for those individuals with a master’s degree in nursing who wish to expand their practice into the role of family nurse practitioner.

The family nurse practitioner specialty area prepares nurses to provide comprehensive care that includes health promotion, maintenance and restoration for persons across the life span. These practitioners will be able to provide the broad range of clinical preventive services to those who are health or at risk, as well as manage common episodic illnesses, injuries and chronic illnesses. Successful completion of the required curriculum qualifies the RN to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (Internet based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The GRE and MAT are not required.

Contact

Nursing Department
Phone: (603) 862-2299
Email: nursing.department@unh.edu 

Application Deadlines:  November 1 (spring admission) and April 1 (fall admission).  Nursing does not accept applications for summer admission.

Applying:  In addition to the standard Graduate School requirements the nursing department requires:

  • Unencumbered, active RN license in the United States
  • Master's Degree in Nursing
  • Two letters of reference. References should be substantial with one academic, if available, and one current professional with graduate education background, no family or friends.
  • Updated resume
  • Course description (syllabus is ideal) for any course you request waived, if taken outside UNH.

View the UNH Graduate School PM-NP application requirements and to apply.