Admission Criteria

  1. Completed on-line application through NursingCAS.

  2. A baccalaureate and a master’s degree in nursing from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.

  3. A grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate and graduate course work reflected on transcripts.

  4. Official scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 300 (or higher) when combining the verbal and quantitative scores on the 130-170 score scale are required from within the last five (5) years. Writing score must be a 3.0 or higher from within the last five (5) years.

  5. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants who have English as a second language or who are not graduates of programs in the United States.

  6. A 1500 word statement that describes the applicant’s preliminary topics of research interest with a specified population of interest.  The statement should include a brief explanation of the state of the science in the topic, identification of a researchable problem, and a description of how the applicant would approach studying the problem.

  7. Minimum of one year of post-graduate clinical nursing experience.

  8. A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana.

  9. Successful completion of interview.