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The School of Nursing & Health Studies appreciates your interest in the master of science (MS) in nursing with a clinical nurse leader (CNL) concentration. Please review the CNL Application Guide here for detailed information about the application requirements, policies and procedures.

Webinar / Information Session

During the online information session webinar presentation, an admissions contact will give a detailed overview of the CNL program features, 24-month curriculum, and application procedure. The Fall 2019 entry application cycle is now open with an application deadline of January 15, 2019 for Fall 2019 entry.

​You may watch a previously recorded CNL online information session webinar here.

Application Checklist

Please note the application procedure below. The Fall 2019 entry application is open and the application submission priority deadline is January 15, 2019.

1. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences ApplyYourself Application here.

On the Academic Program page, you will first select Nursing under the Department, and then select Clinical Nurse Leader (M.S.) under the Program. The CNL Program is full-time only. Below is a list of all application materials that are required on the online application:

  • Non-refundable $90 application fee
  • Academic statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts (see instructions below)
  • Two official letters of recommendation: 1 academic and 1 professional. You are able to submit your ApplyYourself application before all of your recommenders have submitted their letters of recommendation using the secure online recommendation system.
  • Supplemental application materials (such as writing samples, resumes, and language proficiency forms)

Submission of the electronic application form will activate your application to the CNL program. Click here to start your application.

  • No minimum GPA requirement.
  • No GRE / GMAT requirement. Test scores may be sent as supplementary materials from ETS using the reporting code of 5244.

2. Online video interview submission here

Please review the CNL Application Guide here for detailed information about the online video interview submission. 

Official Transcripts

Applicants for admission must send official transcripts from all institutions where post-secondary coursework has been completed. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Michelle Cole. The preferred method is by secure electronic transcript delivery to if offered by your institution. Official hard copy transcripts may also be mailed to Georgetown University, NHS Admissions Office, ATTN: CNL Application Transcripts, 123 St. Mary's Hall, Box 571107, 3700 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20057-1107.​ 

If a particular degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the program will request documentation of the degree conferral at the time of admission. Admitted students intending to matriculate must submit all documentation of coursework and degrees awarded before matriculation.

Please allow up to 2-3 weeks after the submission of your ApplyYourself application for your official transcripts and test scores to be paired with your application. 

Check Receipt Of Your Materials Online

When you apply online here, you have convenient access to an electronic checklist detailing what Graduate School of Arts & Sciences ApplyYourself Application items have or have not been received. Your checklist is posted the day after you submit your application, and application items received are logged daily. Online recommendations are automatically updated to a status of "received" when submitted by the recommender. Supplementary application materials (transcripts and test scores) are not attached to your application until after the submission of your application. Please allow up to 2-3 weeks after the submission of your ApplyYourself application for your official transcripts and test scores to be paired with your application. 



Seven prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. You may still apply with some prerequisites in progress provided all seven will be complete prior to your intended matriculation entry date. Prerequisite courses may be completed at any U.S. Department of Education accredited university, college or community college. Please note that a laboratory is required for Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology. Both the lecture and lab must be completed with a B or better. Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, and Chemistry must be completed within 5 years from your intended matriculation date. Statistics, Human Nutrition, and Human Growth and Development must be completed within 10 years, and it is encouraged that they are within 5 years from your intended matriculation date. 

  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, B or better, 4 credits (within 5 years)
  2. Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, B or better, 4 credits (within 5 years)
  3. Microbiology with lab, B or better, 4 credits (within 5 years)
  4. Chemistry, B or better, 3 credits (within 5 years)
  5. Statistics, C or better, 3 credits (within 10 years)
  6. Human Nutrition, C or better, 3 credits (within 10 years)
  7. Human Growth and Development / Lifespan Developmental Psychology, C or better, 3 credits (within 10 years)

​Please note: Highly competitive applicants will have taken Pathophysiology and Pharmacology within the last five years; however, these are not required for entry.

For online courses, you will be expected to submit a syllabus that confirms the following criteria are met. The syllabus must be current (i.e. for the online version of the course in the term in which it will be taken, and prepared by the instructor of record).

  • The structure of the online course should approximate 36 contact hours by alternate means.
  • The course must meet for a minimum of three weeks, with fixed start and end dates.
  • Self-paced courses or independent studies will not be approved. The syllabus should provide evidence of class interaction, regular instructor feedback, and intermediate deadlines throughout the term.
  • The institution should provide evidence of identity verification (such as a proctored exam) if not mentioned on syllabus.

Non-Native English Speakers and International Applicants

Please note these additional requirements:

  • All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). This official course-by-course evaluation must be submitted as part of the application packet prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their native language is not English. A minimum score of 100 (iBT test) is required to be eligible for admission.  This requirement will be waived if the applicant received a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction.  Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English. The TOEFL code is 5244.

Tuition Information

The tuition rate for the Clinical Nurse Leader Program was $1,309 per credit hour for first year CNL students for the academic year 2018-2019. For detailed student financial inquiries, please visit the Georgetown University Office of Student Financial Services web site here

Georgetown’s CNL program is a 24-month, six-semester (including two summer semesters), full-time program of study with 75 credits in total. 

The CNL program does offer some CNL Merit-Based Scholarships based on exceptional academic record. 

Admissions Contact

Marianne Lyons, Associate Dean

(202) 687-1561 phone
St. Mary's Hall Room 208

Book an admissions appointment with Marianne Lyons here.