James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Admission to the MSN Program

To apply for the MSN Program apply to The Graduate School http://www.jmu.edu/grad

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program is competitive. To be considered for admission to the program prospective students must:


  • Apply to the Graduate School (http://www.jmu.edu/grad)
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in nursing or another field, with a cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • Hold a current unrestricted Registered Nurse License.
  • Provide GRE Scores or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) Scores
    (GRE Study Guide)
  • Have relevant professional clinical experience
  • Have taken undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics with a grade of C or higher.
  • Hold current CPR certification and health records.
  • Meet the School’s technical standards for admission.
  • Provide evidence of personal and professional qualifications in form of two (2) professional recommendations.
  • For international students, provide evidence of passing grade on CGFNS exam (both parts). Apply for VA RN license (TOEFL 570 required). (Contact program director for more information.)
  • Participate in an interview, upon request.

For questions or additional information about the MSN Program, please contact Dawn Wyvill at (540) 568-2909.

Admission Information for International Graduate Students


TOEFL Requirement

International students educated in a basic program where English is not the language of instruction must achieve at least a 570 score on the TOEFL (paper test), 230 (computer score) or 88 (internet-based test).

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts from outside of the United States must be evaluated prior to admission into the nursing program. You may request a credential Evaluation service application packet from the World Education Service (WES) from www.wes.org or call (212) 966-6311
When completing the application, you should request the full nursing education course-by-course report.

Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is a non-profit, internationally recognized leader in the education, registration, and licensure of healthcare professionals worldwide. CGFNS protects the public in relation to evolving healthcare policies and standards of professional practice for migrating healthcare professionals.http://www.cgfns.org/

CGFNS was established as a non-profit, immigration neutral organization with a commitment to protect the public by ensuring that nurses educated in countries other than the United States are eligible and qualified to meet licensure and other practice requirements in the USA. Throughout its history, CGFNS has demonstrated its commitment to excellence and quality in healthcare arena and fostering equitable treatment of healthcare professionals.

For additional information about CGFNS Contact:

Tel: 215)349-8767
Fax : (215)349-0026 
CGFNS : P.O Box 8628, Philadelphia, PA 19104-8628 USA.