Master of Science in Nursing


  • Center City Campus
  • Dixon Campus
  • College of Nursing

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Program Type

  • On Campus
  • Online

Admissions Information

Applicants interested in applying for 2021 start terms: Thomas Jefferson University is migrating to a new application platform. Students interested in 2021 start terms should start their application on the MyJefferson portal. Students applying for 2021 consideration should submit supporting materials directly to Thomas Jefferson University, not the TJAPP Application Processing Center. Instructions on how to submit your supporting materials will be available once you submit your MyJefferson application.

Applicants interested in Fall 2020: Applications are still being reviewed for admission. Students interested in Fall 2020 consideration should follow the instructions below. Supporting materials should be sent directly to TJAPP utilizing the instructions outlined below.


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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. 

The Jefferson College of Nursing has suspended admission to the Community Systems Administration and Nursing Informatics programs. Please contact Graduate Admissions at 215-951-2800 or with questions.

Application Deadlines

OCTOBER 15 - Application Deadline for Spring
FEBRUARY 15 - Application Deadline for Summer
JULY 1 - Application Deadline for Fall

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

We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail/phone to schedule an interview.  

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A conferred BSN degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA is required to apply.

Applicants must submit:

  • Copy of current RN license

Required coursework: 

  • Introductory bachelor’s level course in elementary statistics (grade of B or above)
  • Introductory undergraduate level course in physical assessment (grade of B or above) (if integrated in the undergraduate course of study, evidence must be submitted for evaluation)
  • Introductory BSN-level course in nursing research (grade of B or above)

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

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: Minimum one year of neonatal clinical experience at Level 3 or Level 4 at the point of application.

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.

Admission Requirements

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

Submit an application to TJAPP.

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. TJAPP will not issue a refund of the application fee(s) for additional applications.

Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended to TJAPP. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision will be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
If your coursework was completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the following international evaluation agencies:

Submit current and Active RN license to TJAPP in the Program Materials section under  "Documents".

Submit CV/Resume to TJAPP in the "Documents" section.

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your professional goals to TJAPP via the Questions section. (1000 word maximum.)

Request letters of recommendation from two professional contacts (such as: supervisor, manager, instructor, charge nurse, clinical educator) in TJAPP.

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 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. 

Send official TOEFL & IELTS scores (if applicable) to:

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

All nursing students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement.

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 Jefferson, 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.