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College of Nursing

Graduate Programs

Whether you are searching for an advanced practice degree to expand your clinical role or training for a new position in nurse leadership or informatics, our online, nationally ranked graduate programs will prepare you for the next phase of your career.

Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.

When completing your application, please make sure to select the correct program name. Program names listed through the Graduate School and corresponding CON programs: {Post Masters Graduate Certificate (PMGC) (These include the concentrations of):

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Healthcare Leadership (HL)
  • Nursing Education (NE)
  • Nursing Informatics (NI)

Applicants for the AGACNP, FNP and PMHNP program should apply for summer admission and matriculation. If, after application review, the candidate qualifies for the advanced standing in the PMGC program, the student may matriculate in the fall rather than the summer.

Each PMGC program has separate application deadlines and program start dates.

  • Clinical specialty programs (AGACNP, FNP and PMHNP): Classes start in the summer semester.  Applications may be submitted July 1 – February 1 (early decision September 1).
  • Healthcare Leadership program: Classes start during the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Applications may be submitted July 1 –  Oct. 31 for spring entry, November 1 - March 31 for summer entry, and April 1 - June 30 for fall entry.
  • Nursing Education program: Classes start during the fall semester.   Applications may be submitted November 1 - May 1 for fall entry.
  • Nursing Informatics program: Classes start during the fall semester.  Applications may be submitted November 1 - May 1 for fall entry.

To be eligible for graduation, a candidate must

  • complete an approved program of study
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and earn a 3.0 or better in all required classes and courses number 700 or higher
  • complete the required clinical hours

MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2023-2024.  The Offie of Financial Aid provides the full breakdown of the estimated cost to attend. For additional tuition and fee information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

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Phone: 803-777-9080

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208


Upcoming Events

Information Session: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Ph.D.)

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023

Location: See event description for more details.

Cost: 0.00

Meet the Program Directors | Graduate Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023

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