Graduate Program

Purpose of the Graduate Program in Nursing

alumniThe purpose of the graduate program in the Division of Nursing is to prepare baccalaureate educated registered nurses to become advanced practice nurses. In the graduate program, advanced nursing knowledge is both acquired and generated through the integration of knowledge from the sciences, humanities, nursing theory and research.

Prior clinical experience and future professional goals are considered in designing individualized learning experiences with graduate students. Students are provided opportunities to implement their roles and assume leadership in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings utilizing the resources of the health care system. In addition to collegial relationships with peers and nursing faculty, the graduate program fosters collaborative activities with other disciplines.

Admission and Application Requirements

The applicant must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed one year of clinical work experience post-BSN.
  • Have completed a statistics course.
  • Be eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia.
  • For the Post-Master’s Certificate program, have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited university for admission.

The applicant must submit the following documents for review:

  • HU Graduate Nursing Program Application
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Forty-five dollars ($45.00) application fee 
  • Curriculum vitae / resume
  • Official transcript(s)  of all college course work
  • Professional goal statement
  • Graduate Record Exam results (Waived for Post-Master’s Certificate applicants)


Application Deadlines

  • MSN/Post-Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner: July 1st (rolling admissions).
  • MSN Nurse Educator: July 1st (rolling admissions).
  • Post-Master’s Certificate Nurse Educator: January 2nd (rolling admissions)

*Priority acceptance will be given to early applicants

Please forward all applications to:

Howard University
College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Division of Nursing

Office of the Graduate Program
516 Bryant Streets, NW
Annex I, Room 243
Washington, DC 20059
Tele. 202.806.7460
Fax. 202.806.5085