Mount Mercy aims to develop highly qualified nursing professionals at the master's level. Successful candidates engage in practical and vocationally relevant coursework with their peers. 

Review of applications for MSN admission is ongoing.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) offers two start times per year.

  • August — Deadline for completed applications is August 1st.
  • January  — Deadline for completed applications is December 1st.  |  319-286-4420

Graduate Program Admission

For a complete Graduate Admissions Policies, see the Catalog.

Degree Seeking Student 

Applicants desiring admission to Mount Mercy graduate programs apply through the Graduate Admissions Office and must meet the graduate admissions criteria. Final admission decisions rest with the academic program. To be considered for admission, an applicant must:
  1. Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. Documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and an undergraduate record that reflects ability to be successful in graduate studies. (Students with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  3. Provide a personal statement that demonstrates solid writing skills and motivation for graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty and/or work supervisors, who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  5. Complete any requirements from the specific area of study.
An application is complete when the applicant submits the following required items:
  1. A completed Mount Mercy application, including personal statement and two letters of recommendation.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous academic work from which undergraduate and graduate grade point averages can be computed. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope and display the appropriate seal and signature of the institution.

Provide official transcripts from all schools previously attended. In order to qualify as official transcripts they must be either directly from the issuing institution or in a sealed envelope that is directly from the issuing institution, and should be delivered directly to Graduate Programs | CRST International Graduate Center | Mount Mercy University | 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE | Cedar Rapids, IA  52402-4797.

Specific requirements for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  1. Current and valid Iowa registered nurse (RN) license. NOTE:  Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:  a) Who has been denied license by the Board;  b) Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction;  c) Whose license or registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action. International students without current Iowa RN license may be admitted based on review by Program Director.
  2. Currently working at least part-time as a nurse (ongoing requirement for at least part-time work during program).
  3. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program, other undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside of the United States. Undergraduate record should reflect ability to be successful in graduate studies. If undergraduate degree is not a BSN, students may be admitted with a BA or BS, an associates degree in nursing, and the Mount Mercy RN-BSN courses, NU 470 Population Based Nursing, NU 471 Professional Aspects of Nursing, and NU 472 RN-BSN Practicum Seminar completed with a minimum grade of B (B- not acceptable).
  4. Undergraduate statistics course with a minimum grade of C (C- not acceptable). A student may be admitted to the MSN program prior to completing this prerequisite.  
  5. All Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students must meet administrative requirements including criminal background check, health insurance coverage, immunization status compliance, CPR, and malpractice insurance prior to completion of the first MSN course.
  6. All non-native English speakers are required to take TOEFL and complete interview with Program Director.

More Admissions Information

The Mount Mercy University’s Course Catalog also provides details for:
  • Program specific requirements
  • International Students
  • Graduate Special Student Status (or Non-Degree Status)
  • Transfer Policies 
  • Readmission
  • Policy on Undergraduate students taking graduate classes
  • Delayed Admissions

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions at 319-286-4420
or email