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Fall 2021 Applications Available: September 1, 2020

Deadline: February 5, 2021, 6:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time / 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


Application Information

All graduate degree programs within the Department of Nursing (DON) use a rolling admissions process. The DON reviews applications monthly starting in October and ending in March. Applicants must submit fully completed applications containing all requirements for both the UHM Graduate Division and the DON to be reviewed for admission to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and cannot be re-submitted. Applicants can apply only once per annual admission cycle. Applicants must meet the requirements of both the UH Manoa Graduate Division and the DON for admission to the program.

Each applicant is evaluated on the merit of their individual application and placed into one of three categories: admit, alternate or deny. Notifications about decisions occur following review of the completed application.

We encourage applicants to apply beginning September 1 both in the NursingCAS system and the UHM Graduate Division. Please check NursingCAS and the UHM Graduate Division for a full listing of admission requirements.

Two-Step Application Process

Application requirements are found on the online applications listed below.

Step 1 – Apply to UH Manoa Graduate Division

Step 2 – Apply to Nursing’s Centralized Application Service


Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate to MS

Education

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university earned by July 15 of the program start year.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Licensure

Current unrestricted RN license in the United States or evidence of passing the NCLEX-RN exam and have a current RN license in the state or jurisdiction of practice by the end of the first semester of the program.

Research Course Completion

Successful completion of an undergraduate research course or equivalent within 7 years of beginning classes in the MS program. Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate research course within 7 years of beginning classes in the program may still be admitted, but must complete the undergraduate research course by the end of the first semester of the program.

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600/100 (paper/internet) and subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking or Grad International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 7.00.

International Students

Please visit the UH Manoa Office of International Student Services page, email them at issmanoa@hawaii.edu, or call them at (808) 956-8613.


Admission Requirements for RN to MS

Education

Completion of a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing Program and a non-nursing baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university earned by July 15 of the program start year.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Licensure

Current unrestricted RN license in the United States or evidence of passing the NCLEX-RN exam and have a current RN license in the state or jurisdiction of practice by the end of the first semester of the program.

Research Course Completion

Successful completion of an undergraduate research course or equivalent within 7 years of beginning classes in the MS program. Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate research course within 7 years of beginning classes in the program may still be admitted, but must complete the undergraduate research course by the end of the first semester of the program.

RN to MS Requirement

Applicants with a non-nursing baccalaureate should have evidence of baccalaureate level knowledge in research; community, public, and global health; and an integrative clinical practicum and leadership development within the last seven years. Competency in each of the three areas may have been obtained through course work, professional programs, and/or professional or life experience.

The admitted student can petition to waive coursework by submitting an experiential portfolio to demonstrate either coursework or experience in the required areas. Samples of evidence include: resume, transcripts for previous college coursework; course syllabi which outline course descriptions and learning objectives; professional training programs coursework that includes learning objectives. Guidelines for the experiential portfolio are available from the Nursing Office of Student Services.

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600/100 (paper/internet) and subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking or Grad International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 7.00.

International Students

Please visit the UH Manoa Office of International Student Services page, email them at issmanoa@hawaii.edu, or call them at (808) 956-8613.

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