Direct Entry M.S.N. for Graduates with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program for non-nursing graduates is designed for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing. The 75-credit program builds upon previous, broad educational preparation and provides an intense, accelerated, and specialized nursing curriculum preparing students to take the NCLEX examination and to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing.

The program is offered in two delivery models: in-person at the Milwaukee campus or hybrid with a combination of distance learning and in-person clinicals, skills labs and clinical simulations through our Pleasant Prairie site.

Marquette University College of Nursing believes that leadership in providing an academically, fiscally, and socially responsible health care system to facilitate educational mobility of individuals is an important component of the university's mission. The Direct Entry M.S.N. curriculum is designed to facilitate graduate nursing education and accommodate adult learners.

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Program Highlights

  • Our accelerated Direct Entry M.S.N. curriculum leverages a student’s non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
  • Skills and simulation labs at our program sites in Milwaukee or Pleasant Prairie afford hands-on learning.
  • Students complete in-hospital clinicals at top health care facilities.
  • Our post-master's advanced nursing certificate programs allow graduates to learn highly specialized skills. 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for non-nursing graduates: Direct Entry M.S.N. Degree

Admission Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the cycle end date to allow adequate time for application verification by NursingCAS and to ensure receipt of all materials (e.g., professional recommendations, academic transcripts). Only applications that are complete and have been verified by the cycle end date will be reviewed for admission to the program.

Applicants are encouraged to review the complete admission and application requirements in the Marquette University Graduate School Bulletin. The list below is a synopsis of these requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree — official transcripts of all college work
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • GRE completion, which is waived with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of three recommendation forms, with letters of reference
  • Current resume
  • Written statement of professional goals; must include reasons for pursuing graduate study. Limit to two double-spaced pages.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with grade of C or better:
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology* 5–6 credits
    • Chemistry or Biochemistry or Biology or Microbiology* 5–6 credits total
    • Nutrition for Health Sciences* 3 credits
    • Behavioral Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Human Development 3 credits
    • Statistics, including inferential analysis** 3 credits


      * Prerequisites preferred within past five years

      ** Required within five years of program start date