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Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Here, you’ll learn from renowned scholars, teachers, researchers, and clinicians.

Questions about the application process? Contact the Office of Admissions at 410-706-0501 (option #2) or admissions@son.umaryland.edu

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Congratulations on your decision to apply to the University of Maryland School of Nursing! We take pride in our legacy of leadership. As part of our community you will learn from renowned scholars, teachers, researchers, and clinicians. Our goal is to shape the practice of nursing through scholarship in order to provide better health care outcomes locally, regionally, and nationally.   

As you take the first step to join our community, we hope you will find our online application process easy and convenient. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admissions at 410-706-0501 or admissions@son.umaryland.edu.

Please read all the instructions below before beginning your online application. You should have your credit card ready when you submit your application online to pay the $75 application fee. You will be asked to create a Login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will enable you to return to your application as many times as you like before your final submission. Your Login ID and PIN will also allow you to check your application status. Please note that the Login ID is case sensitive.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran’s status, or age, in its programs and activities.

International applicants, please click here for further instructions. 

Instructions and Requirements

In addition to the online application, supporting material is required of applicants in each admission category. Do not send supportin materials before you complete and submit the online application. All materials submitted must include your full name on each page. Please complete the application before sending supporting material. Contact the Office of Admissions if any of your supporting material was sent prior to the submission of your application. Supporting material must be sent to:

University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Applications and supporting material submitted to the School of Nursing become the property of the University of Maryland and will not be returned. Applicants should make and retain copies of all application documents before submission.

School of Nursing Baltimore and Shady Grove Locations

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers all of its programs at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing option, the RN-BSN classroom-based option, and selected Master of Science courses are offered at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. All application materials, regardless of location, must be sent to the Baltimore address above.

For Each Option

  1. Non-refundable application fee. $75 (U.S. currency), made payable to the “University of Maryland.” Applications will not be processed until the application fee is received. It is strongly recommended that you pay the application fee online. If not, you can send a personal check or money order to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Office of Student and Academic Services, 655 W. Lombard St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-1579. If the cardholder or check writer is a person other than the applicant, you should contact the Office of Admissions to ensure that your payment is applied correctly.

  2. Official transcript(s). An official transcript from each college, university, or professional school you have attended, whether or not a degree was earned. An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed envelopes.

  3. Essay portion. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using a word processing application and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application. If you do not submit the essay portion as part of the online application, you should email it to admissions@son.umaryland.edu or mail it to the Office of Admissions with your other required application documents.   

  4. Typed résumé or CV. Send your résumé by U.S. mail to the Office of Student and Academic Services or email to admissions@son.umaryland.edu. Be sure to include your full name with your submission.

  5. Letters of recommendation. BSN and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) applicants must submit two recent academic letters of recommendation. RN-to-BSN applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation, and at least one of the two letters must be anacademic letter or recommendation. RN-MS, MS, and Post-MS (non-degree) applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted using the University of Maryland School of Nursing Recommendation Form (PDF). The form may be accompanied by a letter on official letterhead/stationery of the recommender with a valid signature. Recommendations must include the phone number and email address of the recommender. Recommendations may be submitted to the University of Maryland School of Nursing by U.S. mail or email to admissions@son.umaryland.edu.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS score. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report must be sent to the University of Maryland School of Nursing by the testing agency. The School of Nursing school code is: 5944. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS should be submitted by the specified deadline for the term.

    The TOEFL is required of all applicants who have not successfully completed a high school, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree at an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university.

    Scores older than two years prior to the date of application will not be accepted. Minimum TOEFL scores to be considered for admission are 550 on the paper-based examination, 213 on the computer-based examination, and 79 on the Internet-based examination. IELTS test takers must score no less than Band 6.5 for BSN or Band 7 for MS (total).

    Applicants who fail to submit all required documents including the TOEFL or IELTS are subject to cancellation of their application.

    Applicants in the process of completing outstanding degree requirements from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university may request a TOEFL waiver. A TOEFL waiver is only approved for applicants completing final degree requirements in the semester for which an application has been submitted. Applicants seeking a TOEFL waiver must submit the request in writing to the Office of Admissions at admissions@son.umaryland.edu. The TOEFL waiver request must be accompanied by official documentation from a school, college, or university representative that can verify completion of outstanding degree requirements that will result in a degree. 

  7. Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST Apply for In-State Status. Download, print, and complete the form and submit it by mail.

Tips

  1. Your application and all supporting documents must be received by the deadline in order to ensure review for a particular term.   

  2. All application materials submitted by U.S. mail should be addressed to the University of Maryland School of Nursing as noted in the first paragraph of "Instructions and Requirements."

  3. Clearly identify yourself by using your complete name, where appropriate, on all application materials submitted by U.S. mail.

  4. Indicate any maiden or previous names on the electronic application.   

  5. The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers a PhD program. Applications to the PhD (Nursing) program are submitted through the University of Maryland Graduate School. For more information on the PhD program, click here

  6. If the cardholder or check writer is a person other than yourself, contact the Office of Admissions to ensure that your payment is applied correctly.

  7. If you are applying to the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option, you must select ”NURS-MS,” and then choose CNL as an option on the online application.

  8. If you are a military applicant, contact the Office of Admissions after submitting your application. 

  9. To view the status of your application, use the Login ID and PIN that you created when you completed the online application. 

  10. If you are a Coursework Only (CWO) applicant who is also interested in an MS specialty for a future term, you will be required to submit an MS application, application fee, and supporting materials, including official transcripts.

  11. To check the status of your application, go to https://www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/pls/SIMS/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon and use the Login ID and PIN you created when you submitted your online application. Your Login ID is case sensitive.

BSN

All BSN applicants must also provide:

  1. Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the form and submit by mail. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

  2. Official Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores.

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RN-BSN/MS

All RN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN Online, and RN-to-MS applicants must also provide:

  1. Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

  2. Official Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores.

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CNL

All Clinical Nurse Leader applicants must also provide:

  1. Professional Rescuer (without automatic defibrillator) or Professional Health Care Provider-level CPR certification. The certification does not need to be submitted at the same time as your application, but those seeking certification for the first time, should take the test no more than three months before the first day of class. If you are already certified at the time you apply, you must renew your certification, if necessary, so that it will be active when you start the plan of study. (Certification must remain current throughout the plan of study.)

  2. Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the form and submit by mail. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

Applicants to the CNL program who meet minimum standards to be considered for admission will be asked to interview in person as part of the selection process. The interview will also include a proctored writing sample.

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MS

All Master of Science applicants must also provide:

  1. Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website. 

  2. Proof of the following is required and is evidenced by the submission of official transcripts: a) baccalaureate degree with an upper division nursing major from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program, b) successful completion of a course in elementary statistics or nursing research, and c) successful completion of a physical assessment course, except for applicants to: Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA), Health Services Leadership and Management, and Nursing Informatics.

Please note:

Students admitted to the following master’s specialties in fall 2013 will be the final cohort of students whose degree will culminate in the Master of Science.

Effective with the entering class of fall 2014, the above specialties will accept applicants only to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This change is being made in response to calls by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and national nursing organizations to shift the academic preparation of advanced practice nurses from the master's to the doctoral level. More information can be found on the DNP FAQs page.

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Certificates

Click on one of the links below to see application information for that certificate.

*Students applying to the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate must EITHER provide proof of current enrollment in a nursing or health sciences MS or PhD program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, OR have successfully completed a master's or doctorate in nursing or a related health science field from an accredited college or university.

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CWO

All applicants for nursing graduate non-degree course enrollment (coursework only — CWO) must provide:

  1. $50 (U.S. currency) non-refundable application fee, made payable to the “University of Maryland.”

  2. Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website. 

  3. An official transcript from each college, university, or professional school you have attended, whether or not credit was earned. An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed envelopes.

  4. Proof of successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science (MS) entry-into-practice (CNL) from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program. Such proof is provided through submission of an official transcript in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of an official, sealed envelope.

Please note: A CWO student who wishes to obtain full-degree status later must submit a second application to the School of Nursing and follow all admission policies. CWO status does not qualify students for Financial Aid. CWO status does not guarantee admission to future graduate degree programs. If a student is accepted as a degree student, no more than two classes may be taken and counted toward a future graduate degree program.

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PhD

To apply to the PhD program, submit materials to the UMB Graduate School and UMSON:

To the Graduate School:

Submit above materials to:
UMB Graduate School
Admissions and Enrollment Affairs
620 W. Lexington St., 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

To UMSON:

  • Professional vitae/résumé
  • A typewritten statement of goals and objectives. This should be concise (not to exceed three pages), well written essay addressing the applicant’s background and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree. The applicant’s motivation for pursuing graduate study in nursing, career goals and specific research interests should also be addressed.
  • A photocopy of current licensure for the practice of nursing in at least one state in the U.S. or in a foreign country
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can assess the applicant’s professional abilities and/or academic potential for doctoral study. Recommendations should include at least one educator with a doctoral degree under whose guidance the applicant has studied.

Submit above materials to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street, Room 525
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
Email: NursePHD@son.umaryland.edu

DNP

All DNP applicants must also provide:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate study (including study at UMSON), regardless of whether a degree was earned 
  • Three letters of recommendation. If you are currently enrolled in a master's program, one letter must be from that program's specialty director. Recommendations should address the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program. 
  • An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed 
  • 300-400 word essay responding to the following prompt: Why are you pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing, and what motivated you to pursue a doctoral degree in this specialty? Describe the population you plan to serve or the area of health care in which you would like to work after graduation.
  • Active United States registered nurse license required. Clinical agencies will require an active Maryland license. 
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form

To apply to the DNP program, download and complete the following forms:

Submit all application materials to:

University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Admissions
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
admissions@son.umaryland.edu

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