The Catholic University Conway School of Nursing employs a holistic philosophy for evaluation of applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program. Admission is open to qualified men and women of any race, color, religion, national, or ethnic origin. To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the requirements noted below.

Eligible Candidates must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by either the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*
  • Hold a current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a US state or jurisdiction
  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a minimum of one year of practice experience as a registered nurse.  In some cases, new nurses may be admitted and may take non-clinical courses while meeting the practice requirement.
  • Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for international students or those educated in other countries recognizing that this may limit eligibility for specialty certification. Graduates of programs not accredited by the NLN CNEA or CCNE must have transcripts evaluated and comparability to an American B.S.N. degree must be established. Evaluation may be conducted by either the World Education Services ( or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (  

Application Requirements

Your applicaton should include:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement indicating why you are interested in pursuing additional education
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a current or former supervisor in a clinical setting 
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if your native language is not English 
Graduate applications are processed through the Office of Graduate Admission.  Please contact the office at 202-319-5057 or email with any questions concerning the admission process.