Master of Science in Nursing


Master of Nursing Science Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the AGCNS Program

Must be a commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with an earned Bachelor’s (or Master’s Degree with a concentration in Nursing) from an accredited university.

Academic Requirements

  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined science GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology).
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in a science course within the past 5 years from an accredited university. Anatomy, physiology, combined anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, or pharmacology recommended, graduate level preferred, 200-400 level courses considered.
  • Interview may be required
  • Writing Sample (details in application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (link in application):
  1. Chief nurse/senior nurse executive (or another officer in the direct chain of command)
  2. Immediate supervisor
  3. APRN in the specialty for which applying

Professional Requirements

  • Minimum two years’ experience as a perioperative nurse at the time of matriculation.
  • Current, active unrestricted nursing license
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Current single page service-specific officer brief- (e.g. SURF, ORB, OSR)
  • Current Basic Life Support Certification (BLS).
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Current Certification for Operating Room Nurses (CNOR)

Important note: University admissions are separate and distinct from the sponsoring agency (e.g. Air Force, Army, Navy, PHS). Admissions are competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the university. Applicants must be accepted by both the university and the sponsoring agency to attend the university.

Application Form and Supporting Documents

Mail completed documents to:

Registrar, Graduate School of Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road, Building E, Room 1040
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4712


Email to the GSN Registrar:

Please contact our Registrar, Maureen Jackson to receive Letters of Reference.

Admission into the USU Graduate School of Nursing is competitive. The admissions process takes into consideration all application materials when evaluating an applicant. It also reserves the right to require additional materials. Students who do not meet the minimum recommended requirements in all areas may be considered on an individual basis.