RN to MSN Pathway,
Nursing, MSN

CHHS  >  Nursing  >  MSN

Degree Requirements

This pathway allows RNs who have completed the Mason core requirements (as listed in the undergraduate RN to BSN Pathway described in the Nursing, BSN program) and have demonstrated substantial involvement in professional nursing within the past two years to earn the MSN degree. Students entering a concentration through this pathway must meet all the requirements for admission to that concentration.

In addition to fulfilling admission requirements for degree status at Mason, applicants must hold a current state-based/U.S. license to practice nursing, be graduates of an accredited nursing program, have earned a 3.00 GPA in the nursing prerequisite and Mason core/general education courses at an accredited institution, and demonstrate substantial involvement in professional nursing within the past two years as an RN in clinical practice.

Students in the RN to MSN pathway are required to take the following bridge course:

After completion of the bridge course, students choose one of the MSN concentrations and meet all requirements of the graduate program.

View the catalog information for Nursing, RN to MSN Pathway, MSN.

Student Requirements

Student health exams, immunization records, and criminal background checks are part of the final admission process. Graduate students are required to have up-to-date annual health exams, current immunizations and CPR certification. Students must be in the process of completing a hepatitis B immunization series when they enroll for their first practicum course. Criminal background checks are required of all School of Nursing students. No student may attend practicum courses unless all these requirements are met.

All students enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to maintain health insurance at all times.

All students are required to use an active Mason email account.


For questions about the graduate admissions process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at chhsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-1736.