Apply for Graduate Admission

As a graduate-level student, you may complete either the online or paper application. If you are an international student, please complete a paper application.

Online Application

Step 1: Complete the online graduate application.

Clarkson College and its educational offerings are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our graduates are allowed to sit for national licensure board examinations. Because state licensure requirements vary by state, Clarkson College is unable to ascertain licensure requirements in every state. It is up to the individual student to be aware of and abide by licensure requirements in the states in which the student chooses to obtain licensure and employment.

Clarkson College is currently authorized to offer online education in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. In addition, Clarkson College is able to offer limited online programs in Massachusetts. If you reside in a state offering limited online programs and wish to apply, please contact us at 800.647.5500 prior to completing the application process.

While the College has aimed to offer online education, preceptorship and clinical placements throughout the nation, specific state board requirements have made it cost-prohibitive or unreasonable at this time. As a result, Clarkson College is not authorized for graduate nursing preceptorships and clinical placements in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin and will not enroll graduate nursing students from these states. We are optimistic about expanding our reach in the future, as state board authorization is a fluid situation that is subject to change.

Licensure Contact Information

Clarkson College recommends that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state for requirement information on licensure, preceptorship and clinical placement prior to enrolling.

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Step 2: Submit your $35 application fee. You may make a secure payment online or call in a credit or debit card payment to 402.552.3100 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. If paying by check or money order, mail your payment to the Clarkson College Admissions office located at 101 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131.

Step 3: Submit the additional required admissions materials by mail, e-mail or fax. When appropriate, your essay and resume may be e-mailed to admissions@clarksoncollege.edu. Make sure that your name is clearly visible on all documents.


Required Graduate Admissions Materials

Each student must meet one of the following:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. A minimum of 100 total score on the TOEFL iBT, and a minimum of 250 total score computer-based is required.
  • Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school.
  • U.S. General Educational Development (GED) Certificate with an English score of 500 or equivalent.
  • Bachelor's or higher-level degree from a U.S. accredited college or university.

Request official academic transcripts from each institution previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to Clarkson College.

Submit a scholarly essay summarizing your motivation for entering our Master's degree program. Your essay must be typed and limited to three pages. Address the following:

  • Statement of your personal and professional goals after graduation.
  • Role of graduate education in achieving your goals.
  • Personal and professional strengths.
  • Professional areas identified as needing development.
  • Personal perceptions of graduate education.

Submit your resume.

Additional application materials are required for the following applicants:

  • Official high school transcript or general education diploma.
  • Official transcripts are sent directly to Clarkson College and must show at least three years of grades. Any college coursework you have completed should be included on your transcript.
  • Technical Standards form
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a professional institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Valid state unencumbered RN license effective in the state of practice or where clinical experience will occur.
  • Two years of professional RN work experience.
  • Technical Standards form
  • Master's degree in Nursing from a professional institution accredited by National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Valid state unencumbered RN license effective in the state of practice or where clinical experience will occur.
  • Technical Standards form
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Paper Application

Step 1: Download and complete the graduate application. Applicants of the RN to MSN program complete the RN-MSN application.

Step 2: Submit your $35 application fee. Send your completed application and a check or money order to the Admissions office located at 101 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131.

Step 3: Submit your required admissions materials by mail, e-mail or fax. When appropriate, your essay and resume may be e-mailed to admissions@clarksoncollege.edu. Make sure that your name is clearly visible on all documents.