Admission Requirements: MSN Nurse-Midwifery

Admission Requirements: MSN Nurse-Midwifery
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The Master of Science in Nursing Nurse-Midwifery online program is designed for working nurses with busy schedules, our online Master of Nursing (MSN) programs enable you to pursue your professional goals on your own time. Earn your graduate degree without forfeiting your current position. Courses can be completed on a full- or part-time schedule.

The MSN Nurse Midwifery program admits students three times per year and typically has between 100-120 students at a time in all cohorts combined, which allows for plenty of one-on-one contact with faculty.

The University of Cincinnati’s online graduate nursing programs are not currently available to students located in Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee. State restrictions are subject to change. We encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state where you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information regarding state licensure requirements before starting the program. For more information on restricted states, please visit our State Authorization page.

The most recent year for which graduation data is available is 2014. For students who matriculated that year, the graduation rate was 70%. The student retention rate for 2017-2019 is 89%.

Applicants are reviewed for admission based on their ability to successfully complete their graduate studies, as well as the criteria listed below.


  • Active and unrestricted current United States RN license
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution
  • Overall minimum BSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (recommended)
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a 2.0 or higher on 4.0 scale.
  • Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum of one year of RN experience in the United States (preferably in labor and delivery)


Applications for the online Master of Science in Nursing and online Post-MSN Certificate programs are submitted through NursingCAS.

Create an account with NursingCAS and search Cincinnati and The University of Cincinnati will show at the top. Scroll down to find Nurse Midwifery (MSN) and click “+” to start the application. Once you complete this application, you will need to submit the same information for the UC application.

Helpful Tips:

  • You can work on the application without submitting the application
  • You can pay and submit while waiting on transcripts/reference letters
  • Full coursework entry is required for the application


Official transcripts from all institutions attended should be sent directly to NursingCAS (American Association of College of Nursing). NO TRANSCRIPTS should be sent to the University.

International Transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). WES evaluations are to be sent to NursingCAS directly.

Minimum GPA

Overall minimum BSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A comparable level of achievement is expected for other grading systems.

If your GPA or science GPA is low, you will need to work hard to ensure the rest of your application stands out to the committee.


Three letters of reference

References should come from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional skills. Reference letters should come from educators, managers, supervising physicians or APNs in specialty. Peer references are not encouraged.

Goal Statement

Personal goal statement that is 500-750 words, including:

  • Motivation for pursing a career in the MSN specialty for which you are applying
  • Qualities you possess which would make you a good practitioner in the specialty for which you are applying
  • Specific things you have done to prepare yourself to enter a MSN program in this specialty

Your goal statement is evaluated also as a writing sample and should be written at the level expected for graduate essays.


Professional resume required.

Demonstrate your interest in Midwifery by including leadership roles, committees, volunteer work, professional organizations, and special certifications. Labor and delivery experience is strongly preferred, but consideration for other work experiences will be considered.

The review committee is looking to see that you are developing yourself professionally beyond your current role requirements. Take time to properly update your resume with all of the items listed above to set yourself a part from other applicants.

Additional Fees

  • $80 ($85 international) non-refundable University of Cincinnati Graduate School application fee.
  • $300 non-refundable matriculation fee required upon acceptance, but will be applied to tuition.


  • State & U.S. Territory Restrictions

    • The University of Cincinnati’s online graduate nursing programs are not currently available to students located in Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee. For more information on restricted states, please visit our State Authorization page.
    • Currently, we cannot admit students from any U.S. territory: America Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • International Student Restrictions

    • An international student is defined as someone who holds citizenship in another country and is not a permanent resident of the United States.
    • International students are admissible to our online programs, providing they commit to doing their clinical requirements in the United States.
    • Due to the clinical requirements in our graduate online programs, international students must already have a visa that gives them legal status to work within the United States or must be able to obtain the legal status that will allow them to come to the U.S. and engage in clinical activities.
    • International students are not eligible for student visas for online programs, including clinical requirements.
    • It is the responsibility of the international student to have the appropriate work authorization documents or be able to obtain the appropriate work authorization before applying to online programs in the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Clinical Restrictions

    • We cannot admit residents of U.S. Territories or in a country outside of the U.S. Only persons serving in the military who reside on a military base and can complete clinical requirements on the military base should apply to our College of Nursing graduate online programs. Prior to application to our program, the prospective student should confirm that they will have the ability to complete clinical requirements on the military base.
    • Students cannot complete clinicals at a U.S. Embassy.