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Graduate Admissions

Admission to our graduate programs is based upon GPA, references and evidence of strong professional commitment.

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing offers a range of graduate level programs of study, including a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Masters Degree (MS) in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems.

Application Deadlines

Program   
Fall   


Spring  

Summer
MS Nurse Leadership Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 7/15
Application Open: 9/15
Deadline: 12/15

N/A

BS to DNP: FNP, AGNP, PMHNP   Application Open: 12/15
Priority deadline: 4/1
Deadline: 6/15
Fall start: part time only
N/A Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 3/25
Summer start: full time only
DNP Early Assurance:
FNP, AGNP, PMHNP
Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 4/1
Fall start: part time only
N/A Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 3/25
(RN-BS students only)
Summer start: full time only
BS to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
N/A N/A

Application Open: 7/1
Deadline: 11/1

PhD Application Open: 9/15
Priority/International deadline: 1/10
Final deadline: 4/1  
N/A N/A
MS to DNP Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 6/15
Application Open: 9/15
Deadline: 11/15
N/A
Post-MS Advanced Certificates Application Open: 12/15
Deadline: 8/1
Application Open: 9/15
Deadline: 12/15
N/A
Non-Degree 1st day of class 1st day of class 1st day of class

Important

All application materials are submitted online through the application portal, except for official transcripts and test scores.  

Please have official transcripts mailed to:

UB School of Nursing
Beck Hall-Graduate Admissions
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214

Admissions Requirements

MS Nursing Leadership

Before you can apply, you must have:

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree
  • An active U.S. RN license
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 preferred

To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three references
  • Official GRE or MAT scores if your overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.0

PhD

Before you can apply, you must have:

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree
  • An active U.S. RN license or active foreign nursing license
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher (if applying with just a BSN) or MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher (if applying with a master’s)

 To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two scholarly writing samples
  • Three references
  • Official GRE or MAT scores

MS to DNP (all specialties)

Before you apply, you must have:

  • The equivalent of a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree
  • Active U.S. RN and NP licenses
  • An active national certification in the specialty to which you are applying (ex. CRNA, FNP, etc.)
  • MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher

To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three references
  • Official GRE or MAT scores if your MSN GPA is below 3.5

BS to DNP: Nurse Anesthesia

Before you can apply, you must have:

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An active U.S. RN license
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least one year of experience working full-time in an ICU in the U.S.

To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three references
  • Official GRE or MAT scores

BS to DNP: Family, Adult/Gerontology, Psychiatric/Mental Health

NOTE: STUDENTS WHO WANT TO STUDY FULL TIME SHOULD APPLY FOR SUMMER. PART-TIME STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY FOR FALL.

Before you can apply, you must have:*

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An active U.S. RN license
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • One year of full-time RN experience if you are applying to study full-time

To apply, you must submit:

  • Online application and $75 fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three references
  • Official GRE or MAT scores*

*This does not apply to current BSN students applying for Early Assurance. (See Early Assurance page for details.)

Letters of recommendation will be uploaded directly to the online application by your recommender after s/he recieves the online links.  

GRE code: 2925 | MAT code: 1514

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • If you do not have a US RN license, you must contact the state board of nursing to apply.
  • SPEAK Test, TOEFL or IELTS scores (minimum scores and more information); UB TOEFL code: 2925.
  • International Credentials/Transcripts/Proof of Degree/Translations.
    (Upon admission to the program, you will be required to submit official transcripts/degrees/translations in a sealed envelope to the International Admission Office.) 
  • Immigration and financial documents.

Additional Information

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Pursuant to University policy, the University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.  The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment.  These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law.  These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 406 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260; Tel. (716) 645-2266; email aa-diversity@buffalo.edu.  Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26 Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Questions?
Please contact:

Office of Student Services
nursing@buffalo.edu
716-829-2537

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