Application Checklist

Master of Science in Nursing 

Application for Admission to the MSN program

Apply online (the application fee is waived for those who applyonline)

Or, mail materials to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 437
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985

The admission policies of the College of Nursing adhere to the general graduate admission policies and procedures of the University with the following additional requirements:

  1. A bachelors’ degree from an accredited nursing program (NLNAC, ACEN or CCNE).
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary/colleges attended.
  3. Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in prior nursing and other coursework is expected.
  4. Copy of current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Wisconsin.
  5. Successful completion of undergraduate course in nursing research.
  6. Portfolio consisting of the items below. Assemble portfolio in a folder. All materials must be typed or electronically produced.

Curriculum Vitae — include:

  1. Formal education, degree(s) obtained and major, schools attended and dates.
  2. All nursing and other positions held.
  3. Any relevant CEU programs/courses taken.
  4. Any published professional articles (in journals, hospital/agency publications, school newspaper, etc.), title, date, journal, page number,etc. Attach copy.
  5. Presentations before staff, patient/family and other groups (including educational seminars presented to peers as part of job responsibilities), date, length of presentation, title, location.
  6. Honors/awards received.
  7. Membership in professional and other organizations — offices held, dates of membership.
  8. Community service: Names of organizations, description of activities.

Reflective Essay on Professional and Educational Goals

  1. Essay should be three-five pages in length, typed using proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. and with a scholarly writing style.
  2. Reflect on the following:
  • Your goals for graduate nursing education (provide at least two-three goals with discussion).
  • How a MSN degree from Stritch will advance or change your career path in nursing and as a nurse educator and leader.
  • How a graduate nursing degree with an educator or leadership focus will affect your individual nursing practice and the discipline of nursing.
  • Your reasons for choosing Stritch and the MSN degree program it offers.

Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The purpose of the recommendation is to address the candidate’s potential to successfully complete graduate studies. Two letters should be from professional nurses.

You may consider:

  • One from a supervisor
  • One from an instructor/nursing faculty member (if undergraduate study was within last five years)

Prior to enrollment in the MSN program, admitted applicants must have

  • Personal interview with graduate nursing faculty member
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Criminal background check (through
  • Computer access and literacy required (word processing, email, presentation software).

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Students may transfer up to nine credit hours into the MSN program based on the following criteria:

  • Courses transferred must compare in scope and content to courses offered in the MSN program. The student will need to provide course description, course syllabus and other information that contributes to evaluation of course requested for transfer.
  • Grades in transferred courses must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Coursework for transfer must be completed within five years of admission to the Stritch MSN program.
  • All transfer courses must be approved by the College of Nursing, MSN Program Chair.
  • Grade of transfer credits will not be applied to the cumulative grade point average a student earns in Stritch’s MSN program.

Financial Aid

Individuals interested in applying for a Federal Student Loan should follow the steps for the financial aid process.