Master of Science in Nursing

– Clinical Nurse Leader

– Nurse Educator

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MSN–Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis
Jessica Kaufman
Kristina Foshag
MSN–Nurse Educator Emphasis
Dr. Kathy Elertson

Application Process

The College of Nursing admits students to the MSN–Clinical Nurse Leader and MSN–Nurse Educator emphases every fall. Applications are available July 1st–March 31st for the following fall admission cycle. Application materials must be received by the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office, and official transcripts must be received by the UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies Office no later than March 31st to to be eligible for the following fall.

The UWO College of Nursing has extended its application deadline for the MSN Program for fall 2023 admission to May 1, 2023.  We will continue to accept applications until the new May 1st deadline.  

Step 1 – Apply to the University

Complete the online UW System application and pay the $56 application fee at

Once completed, the application is sent electronically to UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Studies office will review and forward the online application to the College of Nursing.

The UWO College of Nursing has extended its application deadline for the MSN Program for fall 2023 admission to May 1, 2023.  We will continue to accept applications until the new May 1st deadline.  

Step 2 – Submit Transcrips

Ask your undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) institutions to electronically send transcripts to UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies.

Send electronically to:

We need an official, degree conferral transcript for your undergraduate degree:

  • Official means the transcript is sent directly from the institution to UW Oshkosh Graduate Studies. Electronic transcripts are processed most quickly.
  • While we prefer official transcripts for admission decision-making, we can use unofficial transcripts. If you are admitted, we require official transcripts before you begin taking classes. If you uploaded transcripts with your application we will use those unofficial transcripts. Otherwise, email unofficial transcripts to
  • Degree-conferral means the transcript shows the name of the degree earned and the date it was awarded

We may not need transcripts from every institution you attended.

  • If your degree conferral transcript contains 80 or more graded credits earned at that institution (this excludes transfer credits), we usually do not need to see transcripts from other institutions. If you earned fewer than 80 credits, send additional transcripts from the most recent institutions you attended until you reach at least 80 credits.
  • You may send transcripts from all institutions

Special situations:

  • If you attended UW Oshkosh, you do not need to send UWO transcripts
  • If you previously applied to UW Oshkosh, we will use transcripts on file
  • If you attended UW Fond du Lac or UW Fox Valley before Fall 2019, you need to request transcripts
  • If you are currently finishing your undergraduate degree, send a current transcript now and an official degree conferral transcript when you complete your degree
  • If you have more than one undergraduate degree, send transcripts for the degree most relevant to Nursing

Step 3 – Submit Supplemental Materials

Applicants must send items A–D listed below directly to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office via email to  Send all items as attachments in a single email.

A) Resume listing professional association memberships, certifications and continuing education activities

B) RN license* (copy from credentialing website is accepted)

C) Written admission requirement

D) Background Information Disclosure form (BID)**


Reference Forms

Applicants are to complete the top portion of the reference form (Item E below) and forward to three references. Reference forms are to be sent directly from the references to the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office via email to 

E) MSN Reference Form– A minimum of three references forms are required from a current supervisor, organization/agency leader and/or professor.***


*Applications can be submitted by those who have yet to graduate from a BSN program and attain an RN license. Transcripts bearing BSN degree completion and proof of RN licensure must be submitted prior to receiving full-standing admission to the program.

**Upon admission to program, applicants must complete a full background check with associated fees. Background checks are not considered part of the evaluation/selection process and are only used for advising purposes.

***Applicants who have been away from school for an extended period of time should utilize a reference who can summarize the applicant’s current knowledge base.

Step 4 – Written Admission Interview Questions

After admission requirements are met, and supporting materials have been received by the respective graduate offices, eligible applicants will receive access to several written admission questions.  Applicants’ responses to these admission interview questions will be reviewed by members of our graduate faculty.  Once an application is complete, the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office will reach out to the applicant with additional information on how to complete the written admission question prompts.

If accepted into the program, new admits must attend orientation.

College of Nursing

Clow Social Science Center
Room C210
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901