Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Requirements for admission include current Connecticut R.N. licensure, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a master’s degree in nursing in a specialty area, and at least one year of post-master’s clinical nursing experience (preferred). Applicants to the Post-Master’s Certificate program must be licensed advanced practice nurses or certified nurse midwives. The duration of study for a post-master’s certificate for full-time study can be one or two years and is determined by the specialty directors, course requirements, and the incoming student’s graduate academic record. Part-time study is available; the duration of study is determined in the same manner as for full-time study. The Post-Master’s Certificate is available in five areas: adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner—primary care, pediatric nurse practitioner—acute care, and psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner.

The application procedures and deadlines are the same for both part-time and full-time study. The deadline for Post-Master’s Certificate applications is November 1.

The Post-Master’s Certificate application for admission is available online at

Program information can be found by visiting; or by contacting the Office of Admissions at

The following materials are required:

  1. Online application form
  2. Nonrefundable application fee ($100) (Note: The application fee is waived for current YSN students.)
  3. Résumé/curriculum vitae
  4. Personal statement/essay
  5. Current Connecticut R.N. licensure
  6. One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended. If admitted, applicants will be required to submit one official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants with an international degree must submit a course-by-course evaluation conducted by a credentialing agency such as World Education Services [] or Educational Credential Evaluators []. In addition, if a transcript is issued in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an English translation.
  7. Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic)
  8. TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native/primary language is not English (see below for additional information)

Applications will be reviewed only if all application materials are received on or before November 1. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the Office of Admissions in a timely manner. Applications submitted late, or incomplete applications, will not be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for consideration.

Following the initial review of written credentials, qualified applicants are asked to participate in a virtual interview with a faculty member. Interviews are generally held in January.

Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis. For more information, see Tuition and Fees in the chapter Educational Expenses and Financial Aid.

English as a Foreign Language

Applicants whose native/primary language is other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants with degrees from Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are exempt from taking the English proficiency exam. The following scores are required for admission to the Post-M.S.N. program:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score: 100/120 total, with minimum section scores of Reading, 22/30; Listening, 22/30; Writing, 22/30; and Speaking, 24/30.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score: Band 7.0/9.0 total, with no section score below Band 6.5/9.0.

Arrangements to take the TOEFL must be made online at

Arrangements to take the academic IELTS must be made online at

It typically takes a month from the date of administration for the official transcript of scores to reach the School. Prompt arrangements for taking an English examination should be made in order to meet the application deadline for receipt of scores.