GRADUATE PROGRAM INFORMATION
Infographic: 2016 Best Nursing Schools
Find out what percentage of master's programs require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in nursing.
The 2016 Best Nursing Schools were released today, marking the first time U.S. News is offering expanded rankings and data for graduate nursing programs. These programs were surveyed in 2014, and U.S. News then ranked 246 master's programs based on several criteria, including the acceptance rate of applicants.
Prospective students may be encouraged to see that the majority of ranked programs accepted 40 percent or more of their applicants. However, two schools accepted 20 percent or fewer applicants, and 36 schools accepted between 20 and 40 percent of applicants.
U.S. News also factored in the mean undergraduate grade-point average of incoming students. And what prospective students study in undergrad can make the difference between acceptance and rejection from a graduate nursing program. Among ranked master's programs, 76 percent require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in nursing.
A prospective student's work outside of class may also play a role in the admissions process at some schools. While more than 80 percent of ranked master's programs require just one year or less of work experience, new master's students start school with nearly four years of experience, on average.
Some schools focus on not only helping students advance their nursing career but also in helping them pay for school. All master's students at Baylor University, Texas Christian University and University of California—Davis received grants in fall 2014.
The graphic below illustrates these data points and more. Prospective nursing students can follow U.S. News on Facebook and Twitter to get tips on how to be a successful graduate school applicant.
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PETERSON'S is a helpful website for navigating the graduate school process