MSN/MSCJ Dual Degree Admissions

In keeping with Xavier’s mission, we seek students who demonstrate ability and have well-rounded experience. If you have solid work ethic, are self-motivated and have a passion for nursing and criminal justice, you probably have what it takes to succeed in this dual program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MSN/MSCJ program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a diploma nursing program or a regionally accredited college of university’s associate or bachelor degree nursing program with CCNE or ACEN (formally NLNAC) accreditation
  • Have an unencumbered RN license in the U.S. and licensure in the state of practicum experiences
  • Have completed a statistics course with a minimum grade of “C” *
  • There is no standard minimum GPA, the committee evaluates candidates holistically

*RN to MSN applicants (registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree) and MSN applicants entering with the Mobility Option may complete a statistics course after admission. See and   

Admission Process:

To be considered for admission, interested students must complete the following:

  • Complete Xavier University’s online graduate nursing application
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to:
    • ATTN: Admission Processing Center
      3800 Victory Parkway
      Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131
    • Electronic transcripts can be emailed to:
  • Submit resume outlining nursing experience
  • Include contact information for three professional recommendations
  • Submit a 1-3-page narrative goal statement. Candidates must submit a typed, double-spaced narrative essay that highlights their personal and professional growth and development, reflecting on post high-school learning experiences, professional progression, future goals and how an Xavier education will help achieve those goals.
  • Submit admission test results (Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) submitted directly from the agency)
    • Test results are waived for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; a graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher; or a graduate degree.