MSN Graduate Admissions

For MSN applicants: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program is on a rolling basis.
Admission to online graduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State College is competitive. Applicants must have earned a BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and must be ready to participate in an online environment. Admission is based on:

  • A qualitative evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate educational work from a regionally accredited college or university. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended to be successful in the program.
  • A qualitative assessment of the applicant's personal statements, essays and two letters of reference.
  • Relevance of work experience and career objectives to the program objectives. Two years of work experience is recommended. A resume is required.

Applicants to all programs offered by the School of Nursing must:

  • have a current RN license valid in the United States
    IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the College must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license valid in the U.S. to Office of Admissions, Thomas Edison State College, 101 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608-1176.
  • have proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail, including attachments.
  • have minimum system requirements to access an online course: access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer, or Firefox 2.0 or newer. Additional requirements that may apply to nursing courses are specified in the College Catalog and School of Nursing Student Handbook. Some courses require access to PowerPoint and/or Excel software and a webcam.
  • submit a completed application, with nonrefundable fee

General Admission Requirements

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BSN degree graduates applying for the MSN degree program must have an official transcript sent from the institution where the BSN degree was awarded and all previously attended institutions. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seals.

Applicants to graduate degree programs must provide official transcripts, a current resume, a statement of background and goals, essay and two letters of reference. Applications will be reviewed to select students who best demonstrate the following criteria:

  • All applicants must have a BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university. View transcript requirements.
  • Applicants to degree programs must provide a current resume with their completed application.
  • Applicants to degree programs must provide two letters of recommendation with their completed application. View letter of recommendation requirements.
  • All statements of background and goals must be completed and submitted with a completed application and will be evaluated critically and used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View statement of background and goals requirements.
  • All appropriate essay questions must be completed and submitted with a completed application; all essays are evaluated critically and used to assess a student's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View essay questions and requirements.
  • Interviews may be requested.

Prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of workplace or community issues.
  • Competency in written expression and presentation skills.
  • Access to and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet.
  • GMAT or GRE scores are NOT required for admission. Students may submit test scores if they have taken the examinations.

Transcript Requirements

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A qualitative evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate educational work from regionally accredited colleges and universities is part of the admissions committee review process. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended to be successful in the program.
Sending Transcripts and Other Documents:

Official transcripts and documentation of all an applicant’s past college credits, professional and/or military training and other experiences, should be sent to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

  • All applicants must have a BSN from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate-level educational work is required from all previously attended institutions

Regarding transcripts, please note:

  • Transcripts should be sent directly to Thomas Edison State College from the institution(s) an applicant has attended.
  • Transcripts sent to Thomas Edison State College that have been sent first to an applicant from the institution(s) they attended must arrive at Thomas Edison State College in the unopened, sealed envelope from the institution (or institutions) they attended. Applicants may not open their transcripts; Transcripts that arrive at Thomas Edison State College in opened envelopes are not valid and must be resubmitted.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees from international, non-regionally accredited institutions must submit a course-by-course evaluation from an agency approved by Thomas Edison State College. The College will accept credit recommendations from a required course-by-course evaluation completed by any of the following agencies:

    American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
    International Education Services
    One DuPont Circle, NW
    Suite 520
    Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
    (202) 296-3359

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400

    World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    (212) 966-6311

    Educational Perspectives, nfp. (EP)
    P.O. Box 618056
    Chicago, IL 60661-8056
    (312) 421-9300

All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The College reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions. Thomas Edison State College does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the College does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 visa status. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State College based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.

Please send official transcripts from the institution where your BSN degree was awarded to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

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Applicants to graduate degree programs must submit two letters of recommendation with your application package. Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can access your abilities on an academic or professional basis. Preferred recommenders include instructors or work supervisors. Co-workers or individuals with whom you work in a volunteer or community organization are also acceptable. Please do not submit recommendations from family or personal friends.

All recommendations must be typed, current and include:

  • Date of the recommendation
  • Recommender's name, address, phone number and position/title
  • Recommender's affiliation to you
  • Reason the recommender believes you will succeed in the graduate program of choice
  • Recommender's detailed remarks and commendations

Letters of recommendation can be sent to [email protected] or sent via the U.S. mail to:
ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

Statement of Background and Goals

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In addition to the Graduate Application Essay, all applicants are required to submit a statement of background and goals. The statement of background and goals is limited to a 500 word response that addresses:

  • Your professional and personal goals
  • Your reasons for selecting the program for graduate study
  • How you expect the program will help you achieve your goals

This statement is an important part of your application. It allows the admissions committee to evaluate the clarity of your goals and the suitability of your choice of program to meet those goals. In this context, you may wish to briefly summarize any employment, community involvement or personal history and accomplishes that help shape your decision. Define as precisely as possible what you hope to do when you complete the degree.

The statement of background and goals is also used as a writing sample to allow the admissions committee to evaluate your ability to write at the graduate level. Please proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, and clarity.

Type your statement of background and goals and submit it to the Office of Admissions by sending it to [email protected] .

Essay Questions and Requirements

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Graduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State College require students to relate their academic study to real world applications. Applicants are expected to have the prerequisite knowledge and skills to handle complex concepts and communicate clearly about them. To help the admissions committee assess your background and skills in writing effectively, explain and evaluate your experiential or academic background, emphasizing how it demonstrates your preparation in the areas listed below.

As you craft your essay, please keep a number of points in mind:

  • You will not be judged on your opinion but on your ability to present a clear coherent position
  • You may draw on your professional knowledge, your reading and/or your general understanding of culture and society

Limit your response to 500 words. The essay is used as a writing sample. Submit your essay in a double spaced format and include your name on each page. Type your essay and submit it to the Office of Admissions by sending it to [email protected] .

  1. Choose an organization for which you work or volunteer. Assume that you are recruiting an executive employee. Identify the role that person will plan and then describe the mission and goals of the organization. Discuss some challenges and opportunities facing the organization. Use specific examples to support your position.
  2. Describe an experience where you were required to seek and analyze information and then to communicate your interpretation of that information to others. Who originated the request? What did you do? Where did you seek information? How did you decide what it meant? How did you communicate your results to those who wanted to act on the information you provided?
  3. Leaders do many things. They create a vision and they align, inspire and motivate people to bring about change in an organization. Select an example of one situation where you exercised leadership. Describe what you did and reflect on the effectiveness of your actions.

Students in the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program will have credits transcripted as graduate courses are completed and credits are applied to program requirements. Graduate nursing students may view their academic evaluations online via myEdison