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 regionally accredited college or university bachelor degree nursing program with CCNE or ACEN (formally NLNAC) accreditation
  • Be a registered nurse with a BSN or have a bachelor degree in another field* with a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing. Nursing education must be from a CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited institution. Applicants with a non-nursing bachelor degree enter under the Mobility Option.
  • 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

*Students without a BSN may need to complete additional coursework.

Admission Process:

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

  • Complete Xavier University’s free online application for both the graduate nursing program and online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. (You must complete both applications.)
  • 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 3-5-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.