Become a University of Maryland nurse.
As part of our community, you will learn from renowned scholars, teachers, researchers, and clinicians. Our goal is to shape the practice of nursing through scholarship in order to provide better health care outcomes locally, regionally, and nationally.
How to Apply
Step 1: Complete an online application.
- Have your credit or debit card ready so that you can pay the $75 application fee.
- You will create a case-sensitive Login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Write it down and keep it in a secure place so that you can return to your application before your final submission and check your application status.
If you are unable to log in, submit this form for assistance.
PhD Students: You must complete the Graduate School's online application instead.
Step 2: Send us your supporting materials.
In addition to the online application, supporting materials are required of applicants in each admission category. Please complete the application before sending supporting material; if any of your supporting material was accidentally sent prior to the submission of your application, contact us.
For each application, you’ll need:
- Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.
- Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.
Submit via online application, via email to email@example.com, or by mail.
- Recent letters of recommendation.
Submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail.
- BSN applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from academic sources using this form.
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member using this form.
- RN-to-BSN applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and at least one must be from an academic source or someone attesting to your nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities (e.g. academic advisor, nursing program instructor, or nurse manager or supervisor) using this form.
- RN-to-MS applicants must submit one letter of recommendation using this form.
- MS applicants must submit one letter of recommendation from a recent professional source using this form.
- DNP applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from sources knowledgeable about their work performance and experience using this form.
- PhD applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from sources knowledgeable about their work performance and experience using this form.
- Certificate applicants should see the links below for information on that certificate:
- Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status.
Download, print, and complete the form and submit it by mail.
RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS Applicants
All RN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN Online, and RN-to-MS applicants must also provide:
- A copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
All Clinical Nurse Leader applicants must also provide:
Professional Rescuer (without automatic defibrillator) or Professional Health Care Provider-level CPR certification. The certification does not need to be submitted at the same time as your application, but those seeking certification for the first time, should take the test no more than three months before the first day of class. If you are already certified at the time you apply, you must renew your certification, if necessary, so that it will be active when you start the plan of study. (Certification must remain current throughout the plan of study.)
Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the form and submit by mail. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally or nationally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.
Applicants to the CNL program who meet minimum standards to be considered for admission will be asked to interview in person as part of the selection process. The interview will also include a proctored writing sample.
When completing the online application, you must select ”NURS-MS,” and then choose CNL.
All Master of Science applicants must also provide:
- Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
- Proof of the following is required and is evidenced by the submission of official transcripts: a) baccalaureate degree with an upper division nursing major from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program, b) successful completion of a course in elementary statistics or nursing research, and c) successful completion of a physical assessment course, except for applicants to: Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA), Health Services Leadership and Management, and Nursing Informatics.
Additional online application instructions:
All DNP applicants must provide:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a program resulting in the award of a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university
- Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate study (including study at UMSON), regardless of whether a degree was earned
- Two letters of recommendation from recommenders with knowledge of your work performance and experience. Recommenders must address your ability to successfully complete a doctoral program. While ideal recommenders are doctoral-prepared nurses in the specialty to which you are applying, anyone who can speak to your academic potential, clinical skills, knowledge, and involvement in leadership or professional activities would be a good recommender. Click here for the form.
- An interview with selected applicants will be arranged after the applications are received and reviewed.
- Active United States registered nurse license required. Clinical agencies will require an active Maryland license.
- Current curriculum vitae (CV). Click here for tips on writing your CV.
- Verification of Nursing Practicum Hours Form required for post-master's option applicants only.
- Application for In-State Status Classification if claiming in-state status.
This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.
Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing program should possess a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE- accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university. A Master's in Public Health from an accredited university may also be considered.
All applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:
- One official transcript in English and one native language transcript or mark sheets (if applicable) from your undergraduate and graduate schools listing subjects studied or marks received and rank in class or division. Transcripts should delineate a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work (baccalaureate, master's, and any subsequent coursework).
All transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate School at:
University of Maryland, Baltimore
620 West Lexington Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, mailed to the Graduate School. Please use code 5848 for the Graduate School. Test must have been taken within five years of application date.
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted to the Graduate School using the online form. Letters should provide evidence of personal and professional qualifications from three doctoral-prepared professionals familiar with the applicant's ability, work experience, contributions to nursing, and potential for success in the PhD program.
- Curriculum vitae, submitted to NursePhD@son.umaryland.edu. Please put in the subject line, "CV: [Last Name], [First Name]".
- Verification of active licensure for the practice of nursing in at least one state in the U.S. or in a foreign country, submitted to NursePhD@son.umaryland.edu.
- Essay describing your academic goals and research interests, submitted electronically to NursePhD@son.umaryland.edu. It is important that your research interests match with our faculty expertise. Please review our faculty research interests and mention a faculty member who may be appropriate.
- International students only: TOEFL or IELTS scores, sent to the Graduate School using code 5848. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.
- Online application for admission. An application fee of $75 must be paid with a credit card during the online application process. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.
For More Information
All applicants must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School before being considered for admission to the PhD program. For more information about the Graduate School admission criteria, visit the Graduate School website.
Click on one of the links below to see application information for that certificate.
*Students applying to the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate must EITHER provide proof of current enrollment in a nursing or health sciences MS or PhD program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, OR have successfully completed a master's or doctorate in nursing or a related health science field from an accredited college or university.
Coursework Only Applicants
All applicants for nursing graduate non-degree course enrollment (coursework only — CWO) must provide:
$75 (U.S. currency) non-refundable application fee, made payable to the "University of Maryland."
Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
An official transcript from each college, university, or professional school you have attended, whether or not credit was earned. An official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed envelopes.
Proof of successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science (MS) entry-into-practice (CNL) from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program. Such proof is provided through submission of an official transcript in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of an official, sealed envelope.
Please note: A CWO student who wishes to obtain full-degree status later must submit a second application to the School of Nursing and follow all admission policies. CWO status does not qualify students for Financial Aid. CWO status does not guarantee admission to future graduate degree programs. If a student is accepted as a degree student, no more than two classes may be taken and counted toward a future graduate degree program.
International Applicants / No U.S. Degree
To ensure that all incoming students are prepared for UMSON’s rigorous academic challenges, all international applicants and applicants without a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, must provide additional information with their applications.
Supporting materials should be submitted to:
||All Other Students
(including Universities at Shady Grove students)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
620 West Lexington Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
Applications and supporting material submitted to the School of Nursing become the property of the University of Maryland and will not be returned. Applicants should make and retain copies of all application documents before submission.
A Few Tips
- Your application and all supporting documents must be received by the deadline.
- Clearly identify yourself by using your complete name, where appropriate, on all application materials submitted by mail.
- Indicate any previous names on the electronic application.
- If you are a military applicant, contact the Office of Admissions after submitting your application.
Great! You can check the status of your application using the Login ID and PIN you created when you submitted your online application. Note that your Login ID is case sensitive. If you are unable to log in, submit this form for assistance.
Questions about the application process? Contact the Office of Admissions at 410-706-0501 (option #2) or email@example.com.
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