MSN Admission Requirements

The graduate program seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability and the ability to make ethical decisions and think critically. Eligibility for admission is determined without regard to race, nationality, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

Academic & Licensure Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a professionally accredited nursing program
  • A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the United States
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree
  • Undergraduate coursework in health assessment, pathophysiology, and research
  • Completion of a graduate-level (500 or above) statistics course before beginning graduate nursing courses
  • The equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience (or 1,872 hours) as a registered nurse before enrolling in NU 590 Transitional Care Practicum

Application Process

To complete the application process, please follow these steps:

  • Submit completed online application for graduate admission and $50 application fee.
  • Submit a current resume documenting work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth, and prior professional education experiences. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Submit a goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals, including how graduate nursing study at Baker University will enable achievement of these goals. (Upload as part of online application.)
  • Provide reference forms to thee people, including one from academia and two from profession or work. pdfReference form 
  • Request that the registrar from all colleges or universities you attended send official transcripts to Associate Dean, Baker School of Nursing, 1500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604

An individual interview may be requested or required.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission to the graduate program may be considered in these two instances:

  • An undergraduate nursing GPA of 2.90: The student must achieve a grade of B or higher in the first two graduate courses in order to progress in the program.
  • Completion of the required prerequisite statistics course may be taken concurrently with one nursing graduate course. Both courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission to Baker University may, if pertinent to the plan of study and determined to be equivalent to required coursework, be accepted in transfer. Transfer credit is limited to 6 credits taken within the last five years in which the student received a grade of B or above. Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the associate dean within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six-week timeframe will not be accepted.

After admission to the graduate nursing program, all credits toward the MSN degree must be completed at Baker University.

Transferred grade points are not included in the calculation of the Baker University GPA.

Admission Requirements for International Students

Applicants to the MSN program will be reviewed on an individual basis. The applicant should contact the associate dean with all inquiries. 

Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean
785.354.5837 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuition & Fees

  • $400 per credit hour
  • $40 technology fee per course
  • Textbook costs, which vary with each course

One-Time Costs

  • $50 application fee
  • Transcript fee(s) from previously attended college or university
  • $79 background check
  • Required immunizations
  • Certification fee ranges from $270 to $500 (Costs vary among NLN, ANCC, or AONE certification.)
  • $75 graduation fee

Annual Costs

  • Malpractice insurance premiums
  • Health insurance premiums


  • Costs to maintain BLS certification
  • Costs incurred for specified computer technology for an online program