Admissions

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. 

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

August
Deadline for completed applications is August 1st.
Program starts the first full week of August.

January
Deadline for completed applications is December 1st.
Program starts the first full week of January.

Gradprograms@mtmercy.edu  |  319-286-4420

Admission Requirements

For all graduate programs: 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:

  • Completed online application.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. Undergraduate record should reflect ability to be successful in graduate studies. Documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.
    • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Provide a personal statement that demonstrates solid writing skills and motivation for graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  • 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.)
  • Complete any requirements from the specific area of study.

Program specific requirements for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • 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.
  • Currently working at least part-time as a nurse (ongoing requirement for at least part-time work during program). 
  • 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, a BA or BS, an associate’s 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. 
  • Undergraduate statistics course with a minimum grade of C (C- not acceptable). 
  • 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 starting their capstone practicum. 
  • All non-native English speakers are required to take TOEFL and complete interview with Program Director. 
Prerequisite Note: A student may be admitted to the MSN program prior to completing the prerequisite courses (statistics or NU 470 Population Based Nursing, NU 471 Professional Aspects of Nursing, and NU 472 RN-BSN Practicum Seminar for RN students who do not have a BSN). Students will need to complete all prerequisite courses with acceptable grades, prior to taking MSN courses.

More Admissions Information

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

For more information about the application process, contact:
Graduate Admissions at 319-286-4420
or email gradprograms@mtmercy.edu.