Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master’s Degree

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline for Spring: October 15
Application Deadline for Summer: February 15
Application Deadline for Fall: May 1

To be considered complete and eligible for review, a TJAPP application must be complete with required letters of recommendation, transcripts, personal statement and all supporting documents (test scores, RN license, CPR card etc.) submitted in the directed manner and received by our office by the Application deadline date.

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Degree & GPA

Applicants must have an MSN or Nurse Doctorate (ND) from an accredited school.

We require a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) earned in the MSN program.

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.

Official Transcripts

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.

Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation must be performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.

Transcript submission instructions

Certifications & Licenses

CPR Certification

Submit copy of current CPR/BLS completion card through the American Heart Association in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.” 

Nursing (RN) License

Upload your current RN licensure in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”   

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) License

Upload your current CRNP licensure in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “Other.”   

National Certification

Submit name of national certification organization and expiration date plus upload the document, in TJAPP within the “Supporting Information” section under “Licenses and Certifications” tab.

Optional: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification

Upload proof of current ACLS and PALS certifications in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the “Documents” tab and labeled “Other.”


Submit CV/Resume in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Documents tab and labeled “CV/Resume.”

Personal Statement/Essay

Submit a personal statement/essay describing your professional goals in the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP under the Questions tab.

Recommendation Letters

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

  • Professional: one letter must be your current nurse manager or supervisor
  • Academic: one letter 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 can be entered within the “Program Materials” section in TJAPP within the Evaluations tab.

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 majority of classes in our MSN and PMC programs are online, along with our DNP programs which is fully online. As such, they are not available to international students due to federal regulations.

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 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.

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890