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M.S. in Nursing Application Process

Completed applications to the M.S. in nursing program are reviewed on a rolling basis—the sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive an admissions decision.

Spring admission preferred application deadline: November 1, 2022

Applicants will receive an official admissions decision from the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions. For more information, contact the Office at (585) 385-8064.

Semester Entry Options

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Fall and spring entry
  • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist: Fall and spring entry
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Fall and spring entry
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner: Fall and spring entry
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Fall entry only

M.S. in Nursing Application Requirements

Note: Please submit the application before any other supplemental documents (transcripts, resumes, references, etc.) are submitted. This will ensure your documents are submitted with your application.

  • Completed application for on-ground program
    Note: For information regarding admissions to Fisher's online M.S. in nursing pathway, visit the Fisher Nursing Online admissions page.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Must have a minimum of one year of current clinical experience at the time of application and be currently employed as an RN in a clinical setting.
  • Current, active, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are employed as an RN and intend to complete your APRN clinical experiences.
  • Admission consideration for applicants with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, with preference to applicants with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Grades of B or higher required in the following undergraduate courses; health assessment, research, and statistics.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable).
  • Two recommendation forms, electronically submitted online through the application process, by individuals who currently work with the applicant and who are qualified at the master's level or higher in nursing (APRNs preferred; NP or CNS). Reference must note their highest degree with their signature.
  • Current résumé.
  • Personal goals statement to include an introduction to applicant’s clinical and professional background that supports intended program of study and has prepared applicant to be successful in graduate studies. Articulate purpose and objectives for obtaining an advanced degree in intended specialty, including professional goals.
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) applicants must hold current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification and have a minimum of one year of current acute care clinical experience.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program applicants are encouraged to have clinical experience in this specialty.
  • Post-master's certificate students must present an official transcript showing completion of a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English).

Please contact graduate admissions or the graduate program chair regarding the process to request graduate transfer credit.