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Master's in Nursing (MSN)

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Deadlines

New Applicants must be accepted and enrolled
by the following dates to start in that semester:

Fall:  July 1

Spring:  November 1

Summer:  April 1

MSN Program

SWOSU offers a fully online BSN to MSN program designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in Nursing from a nationally-accredited nursing program (ACEN, CONE, NLIN) accredited nursing programs or those enrolled in their last semester of a bachelor's degree in Nursing program.

MSN Program Eligible Applicants

Licensure & Accredication Requirements

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is for current unencumbered licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have graduated with a bachelor's degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNCNEA or ACEN, formerly NLNAC) or those who are in the last semester of their BSN degree. An accredited school will be listed on one of the following websites:

  • To verify that your program is ACEN accredited, please visit their website. (hyperlink to )
  • To verify that your program is CCNE accredited, please visit their website.
  • To verify that your program is NLN-CCNEA accredited, please visit their website.   

Finally, all applicants who do not reside in Oklahoma should first ensure that they are a resident of a SARA-approved state.

All MSN students must meet University admission and graduate admission requirements. The MSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education coursework. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

MSN Program Accreditation & Structure

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program received initial accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone 404-975-5000. The program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing.

Online Learning

All BSN to MSN professional courses are delivered in an online format. All online courses at SWOSU must meet rigorous national guidelines to be approved for delivery. All elements of the professional courses are online including e-mail, discussions, web searches, ePortfolio, exams and assignments. (Recommended Computer Requirements for Online Courses).

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MSN Students Application, Selection & Program

Application to the program can be made by any student with a Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Nursing or student in their last semester of an ACEN, CCNE, or NLN-CNEA-accredited BSN program and holds a valid unencumbered RN license or obtains RN license during the first semester of coursework. Application to the nursing program may be made at any time after official admission to the University.

There are three main steps to the SWOSU MSN application process. 

  1. Apply to SWOSU.
    1. Submit official copies of all transcripts to the SWOSU Graduate Studies Office for admittance. Send electronic copies to graduatestudies@swosu.edu. If you need to send physical copies, please mail them to SWOSU Graduate Studies Office: Attn Taylor Matthews, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096.
    2. When all transcripts have been received, you will receive confirmation of acceptance to SWOSU. If you have not yet received this, it is crucial that you contact the number above to ensure transcripts were received. This is the most common cause of delayed acceptance. If you had a prior last name, please check to see if transcripts were received under this name.
  2. After acceptance into the nursing program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will contact the student to develop a plan of study for program completion.
    1. Contact graduatestudies@swosu.edu if you have completed the steps above but have not been contacted.

Please see the current handbook for more information on selection and retention.

Criteria for admission to the nursing BSN to MSN program include a retention GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all previous college/university work. Applications by those who are in their last semester of bachelor's degree nursing programs are welcomed, however, students must submit proof of licensure prior to application or within their first semester of coursework.

Qualified applicants are admitted to the program on date of completed and approved application. Applications will be retained only for the application cycle in which they were initiated. For example, students who apply for spring admission, but who do not complete the process and enroll for spring or notify the school in writing of their wish to defer admission to summer, would need to make a new application to be considered for future admission. Please note the application must be completed and the applicant must be enrolled by the deadline, or the applicant may not attend classes until the next semester.

After acceptance into the nursing program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will contact the student to develop a plan of study for program completion. The student must complete the MSN degree within five (5) years after beginning the nursing program.

To complete your application, ensure you meet Admissions Criteria:

  • Retention GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all previous college/university work. Students with a retention GPA lower than 3.0 will be considered for admission on probation.
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program OR are in the last semester of their BSN degree.
  • Holds a valid unencumbered RN license OR obtains RN license during the first semester of coursework.
  • Be a resident of a SARA-approved state or territory OR live on a U.S. military base.
  • Be a current legal residents of the United States. Please check with international@swosu.edu if you are an international student, to determine your eligibility to attend this program.
  • Applicants from states other than Oklahoma are responsible for checking with their State Board of Nursing to ensure that the program will meet their state's requirements.

Program Options

  • M.S.N. Administration
  • M.S.N. Informatics (not accepting new students)
  • M.S.N. Education

Student Quote Photo"When I heard SWOSU was opening the master’s program,
I knew SWOSU was the clear choice for me. It’s the only choice.
It’s my educational home & family."  Danielle Pierce, MSN student