Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program.
  • A minimum score of 153 in the verbal section and 144 in the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.  Or a score of 500 or higher on each of the verbal and quantitative sections in the prior version of the GRE. The analytical writing section is optional. Note: A copy of the score report may be submitted for GRE scores greater than 5 years old.
  • Licensure, or eligibility for licensure, to practice as a registered nurse in Florida.*
  • International students or students whose native language is not English are required to pass one of the following tests with a satisfactory score of:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      • Computer-based: 213
      • Paper-based: 550
      • Web-based: 80
      • iBT Speaking Component: 26
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      • Overall score: 6.5
      • Speaking Component: 7
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB):
      • Overall score: 79
    • Successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
    • International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Speaking Component, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF.
  • Students must be either a U.S. Citizen, legal U.S. resident or hold a valid visa.

*International students may request an exception to the admission requirement for licensure or eligibility for licensure.