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Nursing Direct Entry - MS

The Direct Entry Master's in Nursing Program is an accelerated, full-time, 5-semester, 71-credit-course of study designed for non-RN students who hold a B.S. or B.A. or higher degree in a field other than Nursing. Students are admitted to the MS program with the following stipulation: must pass NCLEX-RN prior to completion of program. Stipulation is removed once the RN license is received. Students are eligible to take the NCLEX for RN Exam after completing a total of 62 credits of accelerated study (including summer). Student takes NCLEX-RN while enrolled in the final semester of the program. Students are required to sit for the CNL (Clinical Nurse Leader) Certification Examination upon completion of the degree at the end of their final semester of study. The curriculum begins in January and includes two summer sessions. Students graduate as an advanced generalist with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing and upon passing certification examination, as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: The recommended completed application deadline is April 1st with staggered admissions. Application review will continue until September 15 if seats become available.
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: CT VT RI ME

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Yes

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.
  • Additional Department Requirements: Applicants to the Nursing Direct Entry program must supply an official transcript, even if from a school they attended for less than one year, for any course work taken that meets a prerequisite on admissions. No admission decisions will be approved by the department until proof of pre-requisite coursework has been provided.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Letters of recommendation should be substantial with at least one academic reference.

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements:

Prerequisite Course Verification Form (required): You may use the fillable DEMN Course Verification Form to complete this requirement electronically. All prerequisites must be completed prior to Spring entry into the DEMN Program. Applications will not be considered when grades are unavailable for 2 or more prerequisite courses. Please email the form to the UNH Graduate School. If you have questions about using the form, please contact the DEMN program.

Accelerated Master’s program:
Current UNH undergraduate nursing students are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Master’s program. Deadline Summer: April 1; Fall: July 1; Spring: November 1. See the Nursing Accelerated Master's page for more details.

Important Notes:

An interview may be requested. Accepted students are required to show immunity by titer for Hepatitis B, Varicella (chicken pox), and MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) before classes begin as part of clinical requirements. This is a requirement for most nursing programs and should be considered when applying. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.