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MSN Admissions - International Students

Applicants please note:
Individuals planning to practice in Pennsylvania who have been convicted of any crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court or who have any criminal charges pending/unresolved may be prohibited from licensure or re-licensure as a Registered Nurse OR may be mandated to complete additional requirements in order to be eligible for licensure, as determined by the PA State Board of Nursing. Any student with such a history must contact the PA State Board of Nursing Bureau of Health Professionals Monitoring (717-783-4857) for guidance prior to enrollment.

Students who plan on applying for licensure outside of the state of Pennsylvania should contact the State Board of Nursing in their respective state.


1. A nursing degree from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. college or university.

2. Proficiency in English. If applicant's native language is not English, the TOEFL is required:
- Paper score of 600 or higher (100 iBT)
- TOEFL speaking score greater than 25
- TOEFL scores must be current within 1 year of the application
- Scores should be sent directly to the Office of International Programs

3. Current designation as a professional nurse in the country of practice:

  1. Online students who will be practicing only in their native country (to meet the clinical course requirements of the MSN program) should hold licensure or professional recognition of a nurse in that country. The application packet must include verification of licensure/designation.
  2. Online students who will be practicing nursing in the U.S. (to meet clinical course requirements of the MSN program) must have a current nursing license to practice in a state or territory of the U.S. where they will be practicing as students. The application packet must include verification of licensure.

4. A demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.

5. A credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work are required.

6. A minimum of 1 year full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required prior to the registration in clinical or specialty courses

7. A personal/phone interview with a School of Nursing program advisor is highly recommended. Interviews may be arranged by calling the School at 412-396-4945.

8. Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

Required MSN Orientation
All new MSN students must attend a mandatory virtual orientation in May.


  • Undergraduate statistics course or equivalent
  • Undergraduate physical assessment course

Computer Skills

  • Ability to send and download attachments
  • Word processing, spreadsheet, database management and presentation graphics


The admissions process for nursing graduate studies is handled exclusively by the School of Nursing.

  1. Complete the online Duquesne University International Application.
    Please choose the INTERNATIONAL application, not the Graduate Nursing application
    If transcripts will be sent under a different name, i.e. maiden or former name, please indicate that name.
  2. Provide two professional reference letters - one academic, one employment. Send this link to your references to complete: Graduate Reference Form
    By forwarding this link to your references, you waive your right to view the recommendations.
  3. Mail the following to the School of Nursing - MSN Program:
  • Completed, signed School of Nursing application
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV): a complete resume with dated work and practice, honors, awards, publications and presentations
  • Copy of current unencumbered RN license
  • Description of professional goals - 2 typed pages, double-spaced, on separate sheets. Please include:
    • Reasons for pursuing MSN degree.
    • Relate past experiences to advancing career. Include purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, reasons for wanting to study at Duquesne, professional plans and career goals.
    • Describe past achievements in nursing (such as professional organizations' memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee or project work, scholarly publications, other accomplishments or abilities).
    • Describe any special circumstances applicable to background and professional history.
  • The Request for Advanced Standing Form and supporting documents, if requesting advanced standing

3. Arrange for these documents to be sent directly to the School of Nursing - MSN Program:

  • If you have ever attended Duquesne University, the University Registrar's Office will automatically forward an official transcript for any Duquesne University coursework directly to the School of Nursing on your behalf. This transcript will be provided as a courtesy and free of charge. No transcripts from schools other than Duquesne University will be forwarded from the University Registrar's Office. You will need to request other transcripts from the originating school(s).
  • Official ADN or Diploma transcript (if applicable)
  • Official BSN transcript
  • Official transcripts for prerequisite courses, if not included on BSN program transcript
  • Official transcripts of Master's-level courses, if requesting advanced standing
  • Credential evaluation from CGFNS and WES

4. Arrange for TOEFL scores to be sent directly to the Office of International Programs.

5. If you are interested in graduate loans, you must complete the
Graduate Financial Aid Application and mail directly to the Financial Aid Office.

6. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $250.00 deposit will be required to reserve your place in class.

MSN Special Status, Non-degree