Application & Admission


Important Dates

Application for admission to the RN Baccalaureate Completion Program is a separate process in addition to being admitted to the University. Application periods occur five times a year.

Term/Start Date  Initial Due Date Number of Seats
Fall Semester (August) Start April 1 150
Mid-Fall Semester (October) Start   July 1   25
Spring Semester (January) Start October 1 100
Mid-Spring Semester (March) Start    Nov 15 50
Summer Session (May) Start March 1 50

Applications We Are currently Accepting 

Spring 2021 Application

  • January 11, 2021 Start
  • INITIAL DUE DATE: Oct 1, 2020, but we will continue to accept applications until Nov. 30th, 2020.  See below regarding the rolling admission process.

Mid-Spring 2021 Application

  • March 15, 2021 Start
  • INITIAL DUE DATE: Nov. 15, 2020, but we will continue to accept applications after the due date.  See below regarding the rolling admission process.

Rolling Admission Process

  • Applicants who apply by the application due date will be admitted on a first-applied, first-qualified basis.  Qualified applicants will be admitted in the order which they have applied.  If we have more applications than the number of seats available, qualified applicants who have applied after the seats have filled will be placed on an alternate list in the order which they have applied.
  • Applications will remain open after the due date with a first-applied, first-qualified alternate list.  We will “close” applications approximately 3-8 weeks prior to the start of the admission term for each application cycle, depending on volume of applications. Applicants on the alternate list will be admitted in the order they have applied, as space becomes available. Alternate list applicants will be notified of admission via e-mail.  We may notify alternate students of their admission status up until two weeks prior to the start date.
  • If space does not become available for alternate list applicants in the term (start date) for which they have applied, they will be offered admission to the following term (start date).

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Unrestricted RN License (by program start*)
  • Completion of at least 30 college semester credits
  • Minimum total cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Minimum C grade in previous nursing courses
  • A statistics course is no longer required 

*Full admission to the RN Baccalaureate Completion Program requires students to have an unrestricted RN License prior to the program start date.  Students may apply to the program prior to sitting for the RN-NCLEX.

Admission to the program is contingent upon a student’s enrollment in at least one course during the admitted term.


Application Procedures

1. Apply and receive admission to the University for the intended semester start date.
  • Undergraduate Admissions: Transfer Applicant Checklist
  • If you were previously admitted to the University, but did not enroll in coursework, please submit a new application to the University indicating your intended start date.
2. Request official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions
  • Official evaluation of credits are completed by the Office of the Registrar, and only for admitted University students.
  • Transfer evaluations can take up to 10 days to process upon receiving admission to the University.
  • Students will receive a transfer evaluation via email when the process is complete.
  • Transfer evaluations will inform students of the University's General Education, Diverse Cultures and Writing Intensive requirements fulfilled, and remaining. Students are encouraged to complete their General Education requirements prior to making application to the program.
  • Each applicant is responsible to insure all coursework has been officially transferred and evaluated for the most up to date academic record.
  • Transcripts from other Minnesota State institutions may be pulled and updated electronically, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the Office of the Registrar of this need. Office of the Registrar: 507-389-6266 or transfer-evaluation@mnsu.edu
  • All applicants should review their transfer evaluation or Degree Audit Report to confirm all transfer coursework is listed.
3. Obtain unrestricted RN license by program start date.
  • Students may be in progress, or have plans to complete NCLEX-RN examination when making application. Full admission requires licensure.
4. Completion of at least 30 college semester credits.
5. Minimum total cumulative GPA of a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The total cumulative GPA includes all MSU and transfer coursework. It can be found on your completed Transfer Evaluation.
  • Students who have not met the minimum total cumulative GPA must appeal for application consideration. Appeal instructions are listed on the application.
6. Minimum C grade in all previous nursing courses.
  • If you have re-taken a course in which you earned less than a C and were then successful with a C or better, the first grade will be exempt of this requirement.
7. Submit online program application by deadline.

Admission Decisions

Rolling Admission Process

  • Applicants who apply by the application due date will be admitted on a first-applied, first-qualified basis.  Qualified applicants will be admitted in the order which they have applied.  If we have more applications than the number of seats available, qualified applicants who have applied after the seats have filled will be placed on an alternate list in the order which they have applied.
  • Applications will remain open after the due date with a first-applied, first-qualified alternate list.  We will “close” applications approximately 3-8 weeks prior to the start of the admission term for each application cycle, depending on volume of applications. Applicants on the alternate list will be admitted in the order they have applied, as space becomes available. Alternate list applicants will be notified of admission via e-mail.  We may notify alternate students of their admission status up until two weeks prior to the start date.
  • If space does not become available for alternate list applicants in the term (start date) for which they have applied, they will be offered admission to the following term (start date).

Admission Notification

Admission letters will be emailed within four weeks after the application deadline. All letters will be emailed to the applicant’s email address provided on the program application.