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Frequently Asked Questions for
Prospective Master's Students

What specializations does the School of Nursing offer in the master's program?

The School of Nursing currently offers two online master's specializations: Health Care and Nursing Administration (HCNA) and Nurse Educator (NE). Post-masters certificates are available for these two specializations.

Are the master's specializations part-time or full-time programs? Can I work while in the master's program?

The University considers nine hours to be full-time and six hours to be part-time for master's students. The HCNA and NE specializations are delivered in a part-time format.

The HCNA and NE specializations are offered completely online, with three to four courses containing clinical practicum experiences towards the end of the program.

I have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Can I still apply to the master's program?

You must have a bachelor's degree in nursing (BS) in order to apply to our master's program. If you have a bachelor's degree in another field, you may wish to explore our accelerated bachelor of science (ABS) program. For more information about the ABS program, please contact our undergraduate academic advisor at 618-650-3930.

What is the minimum GPA requirement for the program?

When making admissions decisions, we review three different types of GPA calculations: cumulative bachelor's GPA, nursing course GPA, and science course GPA. Your nursing course GPA must be at least 3.0 in order to be considered for full admission. We prefer that your cumulative GPA and your science GPA are at least 3.0 as well.

When are applications due?

Applications for the HCNA and NE specializations are due March 1 for the following August admission.

Do I need to take the GRE or another standardized test?

No, we do not require any standardized tests for admission consideration.

Do I need to submit transcripts from every school I attended or just from the one at which I completed my Bachelor's degree?

You must submit transcripts from EACH institution that you attended.

Can I take classes before I am officially admitted to the program?

Sometimes students are able to take courses before they are officially admitted to one of the master's specializations. Students who are interested in doing so should submit an Unclassified Graduate Application to the Office of Admissions. You will not have to pay an additional fee if you have already submitted an application to one of the master's specializations.

Please note that we are only able to accommodate unclassified master's students in our classes AFTER our current students have enrolled. If we have space available in classes after current student enrollment, we will register unclassified students on a first-come, first-served basis.

To discuss taking courses as an unclassified master's student, please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor at 618-650-3930.

Do I need work experience before I can apply to the master's program?

Students who apply to the HCNA or NE specialization should have at least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse before enrollment in the first specialization clinical course. The one year of experience does not have to be completed before a student can apply to the program.

How much does it cost to attend the master's program at SIUE?

Detailed tuition and fee information can be found by clicking here.

What is the difference between the Master of Science degree and the Post-Master's Certificate?

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree should apply to the Master of Science (MS) program.

Students who have already completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program may apply to the Post-Master's Certificate program. Post-Master's students are reviewed individually to determine their program of study based upon equivalent MSN coursework.

Can I transfer courses taken at other universities to SIUE?

A student is allowed to transfer up to 1/3 of the total required credit hours for a degree from unclassified status or from another university. Students who wish to transfer a course from another university will be required to submit a transcript showing successful completion of the course, as well as a course syllabus so we can determine equivalency. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit a syllabus for a potential transfer course PRIOR to taking it. Students must earn a grade of A or B in order for a course to be accepted from unclassified status or from another university.

Will I have to come to campus?

Classes for the HCNA and NE programs are completely online. You will have practicum experiences for which you will find a preceptor using established guidelines. These practicums can be completed close to your home. 

What is the Terminal Project?

Each master's student must complete a Terminal Project in order to graduate. The Terminal Project consists of completion of an electronic portfolio during the program, writing a synthesis project in the final course, and presenting an oral presentation at Graduate Student Presentation Day. See the Terminal Project Guidelines on the School of Nursing website for more details. However, this project may change in 2015-2016.

What type of funding is available to master's students?

Prospective master's students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 618-650-3880 to discuss funding options. Any grant or scholarship opportunities that become available through the School of Nursing will be announced to students via email. Additional funding opportunities are available through the University Graduate School.

Can I meet with an advisor to discuss the master's program in more detail?

Prospective students are welcome to meet with Ali Willoughby, Graduate Academic Advisor, to discuss the specializations offered and the admission process. Please call 618-650-3930 or email to set up an appointment.

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