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Nursing (Pre-licensure MSN)

Have you ever thought about becoming a registered nurse (RN), but earned your baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing discipline?

Montclair State University is now offering an accelerated, 7-session program, which will educate you to become a licensed registered nurse (RN) and sit the NCLEX-RN exam after successfully completing the program.

With a unique focus on care coordination and evidence-based practice, our students gain the knowledge required for making a difference in the lives of persons, families, and communities.

This is your first step to becoming a registered nurse.

The master’s degree program in nursing at Montclair State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

If you are interested in the MSN program and are already a registered nurse (RN) that holds a BSN degree, learn more about our Nursing (MSN) Online program options.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Prior to admission into the program, applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 Credits with lab)
  • Microbiology (4 Credits with lab)
  • Chemistry (3 Credits)
  • Statistics (3 Credits)
  • Human Growth & Development (3 Credits)
  • Nutrition (3 Credits)

Learn more about the prerequisites and other requirements on the School of Nursing’s FAQ page.

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: All required application materials and checklist items must be submitted by January 15th for Summer admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Pre-licensure MSN program:

  • Transcript: (One) from each college attended.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies.
  • A current resume is required with your application.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: A one-page personal statement. The personal statement should explain your reason for applying to the program, learning goals, and relevant professional experience.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2)
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This program is 71 total credits. For more information, please visit the Pre-Licensure Nursing (MSN) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Pre-licensure Nursing:

Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Zweighaft
Location: The School of Nursing and The Graduate School 387
Telephone: 973-655-3718