Direct Entry M.S.N. for A.D.N. Nurses

Marquette University College of Nursing developed a master's program of study for nurses who have an associate degree in nursing and also have a bachelor's degree in disciplines other than nursing. This is a program to which each student is admitted as a special case.

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater, using a 4.0 system
  • Associate degree in nursing with GPA of 3.0 or above, using a 4.0 system
  • GRE scores (waived with a 3.2 GPA or higher)
  • Three recommendation forms (included in the online application)
  • Resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • Completion of Marquette University Graduate School application, indicating you have an A.D.N. and a B.S./B.A. degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better:
    • Anatomy and Physiology* 5–6 credits
    • Chemistry or Biochemistry or Biology or Microbiology* 5–6 credits
    • Behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) 3 credits
    • Statistics (including inferential analysis)** 3 credits

      * Prerequisites preferred within last five years.
      ** Statistics must be taken within five years of your start date.
  • Must be registered as a professional nurse in the United States and licensed in Wisconsin

After admission you will be required to complete the following undergraduate courses before enrolling in any specialty graduate option course:

  • NURS 4984 Transition into Professional Nursing Practice-Practicum  5 credits
  • NURS 5600 Community and Population Health Nursing  3 credits
  • NURS 6010 Research and Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing  3 credits
  • HEAL 6825 Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care 
    These undergraduate courses do not count as graduate electives.