Thomas Jefferson University
Master of Science in Nursing


Note: Application requirements for the Nurse Anesthesia Master's (CRNA) are different, and require a separate process.

The Jefferson College of Nursing partners with NursingCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Schools, to collect and manage applications to our Nursing Programs.

Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from

The MSN degree is an online program and not available to international students living in the United States needing to maintain F or J status. Learn more about admissions requirements for International Students.

Printable Application Checklist (PDF)

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline for Spring: September 7
Application Deadline for Summer: January 8
Application Deadline for Fall: April 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a NursingCAS application must be verified with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement and all applicable documents (test scores, etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Program deadline date. 

Please note that the NursingCAS verification process can take 4-6 weeks. It is important to keep this information in mind when determining if you will meet the deadline.

We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview. We communicate our desicions by the end of the month following the application deadline.

  • May: Fall applicants notified
  • October: Spring applicants notified
  • February: Summer applicants notified


Prerequisites must be completed by the time the student enters Thomas Jefferson University. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply, but the majority should be completed before an admissions decision can be made. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, including CLEP.

Questions about Prerequisites can be directed to:
1-877-JEFF-247 or 215-503-8890

Prerequisite Worksheet (PDF)

Transfer Equivalency Guide

Degree & GPA

Applicants must have a BSN, MSN or Doctorate in Nursing from an accredited school.

A 3.2 GPA is strongly recommended. Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.2 must present:

  • Competitive scores on the GRE or MAT 


  • A grade of B or better in two core graduate nursing courses taken at Thomas Jefferson University as a non-degree student. 
(Test scores not required for applicants with a conferred Master’s degree.)


Applicants must have:

  • Nursing (RN) license
  • Current CPR certification through the American Heart Association

Courses & Credits

64 credits from specific course areas. All science courses must be completed within 10 years of applying to Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer.

Acceptable elective courses are theory-based, not performance-based, coursework. For example, we will accept Introduction to Music but not Piano, and we will accept Introduction to Art but not Painting. We will not accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, Physical Education or Technical courses. Coursework may include Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Foreign Languages, Science, Math, Business and History.

Course acceptance subject to Academic Counselor approval.

Course Subject Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab *
Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab * 4
Microbiology w/Lab * 4
Electives 49

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included.

Additional required course work: 

  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research
  • Introductory BSN-level course in physical assessment (if integrated in the undergraduate course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation)

Degree-Specific Requirements

Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: One year of clinical experience.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: One year of neonatal clincal experience.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program and apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical/fieldwork environments. Students are allowed reasonable accommodation.

The technical standards for an MSN include computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills.

Technical Standards for Jefferson College of Nursing

Admission Requirements

It is extremely important that you carefully read all directions listed below to ensure successful submission of your application materials.

NursingCAS Application

Submit an application to NursingCAS(Select version 3.0)

Choose the appropriate designation: 

  • MSN Fall 2015 
  • MSN Spring 2016 
  • MSN Summer 2016

Please use the NursingCAS instruction checklist (PDF)You can only apply for one program and one entry term. If you submit an application for more than one program or more than one entry term, only the first one will be processed. NursingCAS will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for unprocessed applications.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to NursingCAS. 
Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript submission instructions

Test Scores

Submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores directly to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

GRE code = 5750
MAT code = 9910

Scores are valid for two years from date taken.

Applicants who have earned a BSN with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are not required to report test scores. (Standard rounding rules apply, e.g. 3.15 or higher is rounded to 3.2, whereas 3.14 is not.)

Certifications & Licenses

CPR Certification

Submit proof of current certification in the “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS.  Please provide type and expiration of CPR certification. Must be American Heart Association or American Red Cross Certification course.

Nursing (RN) License

Submit proof of current licensure in the “Licenses and Certifications” section to NursingCAS.  Provide state and expiration date of licensure in “Certifications” section of application.

Document uploading instructions


Submit CV/Resume and complete the “Professional Experience” section of the NursingCAS application.

Resume submission instructions

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your professional goals to NursingCAS via “Attach Designation Essay” button. (1000 word maximum.)

Statement/essay submission instructions

Recommendation Letters

Submit two current recommendations to NursingCAS. Request recommendations from one professional contact and one academic contact, meeting the following criteria:

  • Professional: must be your current nurse manager or supervisor
  • Academic: must be your professor or clinical instructor (if you have been out of school for some time you may utilize a CNS at your current place of work)
Recommendations from colleagues, co-workers, classmates and/or family members will not be accepted.

Recommendation letters submission instructions

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

International students who are in the U.S. in F or J status are restricted to taking one online course per term per federal regulations.

The RN-BSN, RN-BSN/MSN, APW for RNs, MSN and DNP are online programs. As such, they are not available to international students due to federal regulations.

The MSN degree is an online program and not available to international students living in the United States needing to maintain F or J status. Learn more about admissions requirements for International Students.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to:

Thomas Jefferson University
130 South 9th Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Contact Us

Tina Heuges

Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (877-533-3247)