Applying to the online Nurse Educator MS degree.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: UConn’s Nurse Educator Track has received a very generous donation to support future nurse educators in both the academic and clinical settings. Considering this, the university is offering qualified candidates full tuition starting fall 2024 for the entire academic program. Enrollment is limited and early application is strongly advised. Together, we’ll increase the number of exceptionally qualified nurse educators leading nursing education, changing the world.

Applicants to UConn's Nurse Educator - MS in Nursing online degree program must have completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher from a regionally accredited college or university and be a licensed RN.

To apply for admission to the Nurse Educator - Master of Science in Nursing degree, complete the online application process using the link below.

Applications are now Closed

Application Process

Applications will be evaluated upon receipt of all required documentation (rolling admission):

  • A written response to the following:
    1. Why have you decided to pursue this degree? What are your plans for the future? 
    2. What are your career interests and goals? Address your reasons for pursuing advanced practice nursing, your reason for selecting the specialty track (if applicable), and your goals upon graduation.
    3. Why are you applying to UConn?
  • Three letters of reference.
    • Academic (1 letter): A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor (who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record and aptitude for demanding graduate course work).
      • Should no faculty who knew you be available at your school of nursing, please contact the dean's office there for assistance with obtaining an academic reference. References from coworkers employed at an academic medical center do not meet the requirement for an academic reference, but we welcome those letters as professional references. Note: A nurse educator/clinical nurse specialist does not count toward an academic reference, as they address staff development, not academic potential.
    • Professional (2 letters): to address abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing as well as potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field. Nurse administrator, clinical manager or nurse educator who has directly supervised your clinical work are appropriate professional letters of recommendation.
    • Current resume (uploaded).
    • Unofficial transcript(s) for all undergraduate and graduate coursework (uploaded). 
    • An uploaded verification of RN direct patient care hours form for 2080 hours completed prior to application.
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
    • If you use the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), you must have a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based test. If you use the results from the Duolingo test, you must have a minimum overall score of 100 or higher.
    • The GRE and Residence Affidavit are not required.
    • Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) on the application are required fields.

    Applications are evaluated as soon as the student’s file is complete. 

    BS-MS Applicants

    When completing the application form, under the Intended Program tab select:

    • Levels of Study: Masters
    • Academic Areas: Health
    • Program: Nursing MS
    • Concentration: Nurse Educator-MS
    • Campus: Online
    • Entry Term: Fall 2024

    Post-Graduate APRN Certificate

    For Post-Graduate Certificate applicants, when completing the application form, under the Intended Program tab select:

    • Levels of Study: Certificate
    • Academic Areas: Health
    • Program: Nurse Educator Grad Certificate
    • Program Format: Full-time or Part-time
    • Campus: Online
    • Entry Term: Fall 2024


    Important Deadline

    At this time we are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2024 program entry. The application period for Fall 2025 program entry will open in mid-September.

    Applications submitted after the designated deadline will be considered on a space available basis until enrollment caps are reached, or, considered for admission to the following semester. Upon acceptance, a $1000 non-refundable deposit toward your tuition will be required prior to course registration, as well as, electronic or hard copy submission of official transcripts.

    If you have any questions on how to use the online application system, please contact The Graduate School at 860-486-3617.

    International Students: This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.