Master of Science in Nursing Admission Criteria

Regular Admission

Students seeking admission to the Master of Science degree in nursing program are subject to the rules and regulations applied by the Graduate College. Admission to graduate study in nursing at Hampton University is open to all qualified applicants who meet the requirements as stated in the University Catalog. Potential students are encouraged to consult the University Catalog prior to applying for admission.  In addition, admission to the Master’s program requires:

  1. A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program in nursing.
  2. An undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 overall and 2.7 in nursing on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a verbal score of at least 450 or an Analytical Writing Assessment score of at least 4.0.
  4. Completed application to the Graduate College.
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s professional qualifications.  Letters should be on professional letterhead and address the nature of the professional’s knowledge of the applicant.  Letters should come from professionals, such as, the applicant’s most recent employer, a previous nursing professor, supervisors and/or nurse managers. The professional providing the reference must also complete Parts II & III of the recommendation.  The documents necessary for the references are available from the Graduate Programs section of the School of Nursing’s web site at .
  6. A personal statement that delineates the applicant’s: 1) rationale for selecting Hampton University School of Nursing’s master’s program, 2) description of goals and aspirations, 3) how the applicant expects to benefit from master’s level study, and,
    4) previous research and scholarship and current research interest.  The essay should be 3 to 5 typed pages, double spaced, 12-point font and either Times New Roman or Arial font.
  7. Graduate nursing students participating in clinical experiences must hold and maintain a valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the state or jurisdiction in which they will participate in clinical experiences.
  8. An undergraduate course in statistics and an undergraduate course in physical assessment.
  9. One year of clinical experience beyond the baccalaureate degree prior to clinical courses.
  10. A current resume that includes sections on Education, Research and Scholarly Activity, and Service.
  11. A personal interview (at the student’s expense) with a faculty member who teaches in the Master of Science degree program in the School of Nursing.
  12. Approval of the Graduate Admissions, Scholarships and Standards Committee of the School of Nursing.

The entire application package including the application form, transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation must be sent to:
Graduate College, Hampton University Hampton, Virginia  23668

Provisional Admission

Applicants not meeting requirements for regular admission, in keeping with Hampton University's statement of mission, may be admitted with provisional status.  An applicant who holds a bachelors degree, but does not fully meet the above requirements for regular admission, may be admitted on a provisional basis.  Students so admitted are held responsible for removing the deficiencies during the first semester in residence to attain regular status.

Re-Entering Student Applicants

Failure to enroll in any semester after initial enrollment constitutes a withdrawal from the program of study and requires submitting an application for re-admission to the Graduate College. The application for re-admission must be filed with the Dean of the Graduate College prior to the term of planned re-entry. Once you are re-admitted you will follow the University Academic Catalog requirements in place at the time you are re-admitted. All students applying for re-entry to the Graduate College must abide by the following:

  1. Submit an application for readmission.
  2. Provide copies of transcripts of all academic work at other institutions.
  3. Submit a new personal statement and letters of recommendation if the leave is one Academic year, or greater.