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Apply to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Information for Applicants 

Admission and Eligibility Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 81 Internet-based, OR
IELTS:  6.5 total band
Duolingo: 110

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical course.
  • Completed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years. Not required at time of application.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed Compliance requirements: Clear Background check, clear FBI rolled fingerprint, clear drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
  • Interview assessment reviewed by graduate faculty.
  • Applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for leaving that said program.  A letter of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing from the dean/director of their former program that includes the applicant’s standing in that program upon exit.
  • For applicants who completed their higher education outside the United States:

    • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • For applicants who completed their higher education within the United States:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • Meet the technical standards.
Application Process

The application for fall 2022 program start opens October 5, 2021. Each applicant is required to complete two applications:

  1. (1) Application to the SDSU graduate nursing program, and
  2. (1) Application to the SDSU Graduate School.

View the application instructions for complete details. Following review of the applications, eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview and online written assessment. 

Application Deadlines
DegreeSpecialtyApplication Deadline
Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse Administrator

Clinical Nurse Leaders

Nurse Educator

April 1, 2022
Master of Science in Nursing (Brookings and Sioux Falls)Family Nurse PractitionerApril 1, 2022
Master of Science in Nursing (Rapid City)Family Nurse PractitionerApril 1, 2022
Timeline for Application Review

Application Verified in NursingCAS by

Will be Reviewed for Admission Consideration

Applicants will be notified to complete Interview Assessment (via KIRA Talent platform) by

Applicant must complete the Interview Assessment by

Review of Interview Assessment by Graduate Faculty

October 15, 2021

October 18 – 22, 2021

October 25, 2021

November 1, 2021

November 2, 2021 – November 9, 2021

November 12, 2021

November 15-22, 2021

November 23, 2021

November 30, 2021

December 1, 2021 – December 8, 2021

December 10, 2021

December 13-17, 2021

December 20, 2021

December 27, 2021

December 3, 2021 – December 10, 2021

January 7, 2022

January 10 – 14, 2022

January 17, 2022

January 24, 2022

January 25, 2022 – February 1, 2022

February 11, 2022

February 14 – 18, 2022

February 21, 2022

February 28, 2022

March 1, 2022 – March 7, 2022

March 11,  2022

March 14 – 18, 2022

March 21, 2022

March 28, 2022

March 29, 2022 – April 5, 2022

April 1, 2022

April 4 – April 8, 2022

April 11, 2022

April 18, 2022

April 19, 2022 -  April 26, 2022

Requirements for Applicants Offered Admission

Applicants who are offered admission to the program will be required to:

Application Restrictions by State

Due to regulations in certain states, South Dakota State University College of Nursing is unable to accept applicants from several identified states as noted on the following link: South Dakota State University - Continuing & Distance Education - state authorization information

If you are a current resident of a state identified on the above listed webpage, we regret that we are unable to consider your application for admission.

If you do not currently reside in one of the identified states and are offered and accept admission, please note that should you relocate to one of the identified states while in the program, you may not be able to complete the program.

In addition, there may be rules and regulations required by the South Dakota Board of Nursing and/or other state Boards of Nursing that may not provide the opportunity for out-of-state applicants to be admitted to any of the graduate nursing programs.

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