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Master’s Admissions Requirements

Completing a graduate degree is an outward sign that you set goals for yourself, have a willingness to succeed and, perhaps most of all, have a commitment to education. All of these are highly attractive to potential employers and can help you move up the ladder in a career.

National American University offers online graduate programs in nursing, education, and business. Learning online can be a convenient graduate school option for those who want to maintain work and family responsibilities while getting the education necessary to take their careers to the next level. The benefits of earning a graduate degree are easily apparent no matter the industry you happen to work in. Additional knowledge, communication and problem-solving skills can help you in a number of ways. You can:

  • Get a raise
  • Take on more responsibility
  • Advance up the corporate ladder
  • Explore new opportunities

How to get into graduate school

The admissions requirements for graduate school vary by program. NAU does not require GRE or GMAT test scores.  Please complete an application here.

MBA and Master of Management programs

Regular Admissions Status

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or from an international institution of higher learning recognized by the ministry of education or other appropriate government agency.

International Student Admissions Requirements
International graduate student applicants must satisfy certain criteria. Click here to learn more or see the graduate catalog for additional information.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Online MSN program reviews applications and admits students every academic quarter.  Admission decisions are made and communicated in writing once the program application and admission requirements have been completed and reviewed.

  1. Admission criteria include the following:
    a.  Graduation from a baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited institution.
    b.  Current active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license from any state within the United States. Evidence of current licensure must be present in the student’s departmental file.
    c.  Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale during the baccalaureate degree completion.~
  2. All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed through National American University online.*^
  3. All international nurses must have a current active unencumbered RN license to practice (in the state of their choice in the Unites States) and an international professional evaluation of their prior education credentials.

 ~ Please note that the MSN program will pilot the following changes in the admission criteria from fall 2015 through fall 2017 in order to be consistent with other NAU graduate programs:

~ Admission GPA will not be taken into consideration for student admission into the MSN program.  During the pilot project period, the MSN program team will monitor student academic success (progression) in the program.  Academic support services and individual advising are available to students.  The program team will review pilot project outcomes in fall 2017 and make a final decision regarding revisions in admission criteria.

 * Only the following NS courses may be transferred into the MSN program of study:  Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy; Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/Pathophysiology; Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology, and Technology Utilization in Advanced Nursing Roles.

^The following courses may be considered for prior learning assessment (PLA) credit: Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy; Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/Pathophysiology; Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology; Technology Utilization in Advanced Nursing Roles; and Nurse Educator Roles.

The MSN program is not offered in Arkansas nor Tennessee.

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