Senior Year Direct Entry

Begin a Career as a Nurse During Your Senior Year of College

The Senior Year Direct Entry Option, allows college juniors who are interested in a career in nursing to enter into the MN Program during their senior year. Upon completion of the first year of the Program, students earn a Bachelor’s Degree from their home college, while simultaneously completing the first year of the two-year Master of Nursing Program. Upon successful completion of the second year of the program, students receive a Master of Nursing degree and are prepared to sit for the Registered Nurse licensure exam.

Senior Year Direct Entry Option

  • Students currently enrolled in a four-year baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university may apply to the Master of Nursing Program during their junior year.
  • Prior to application, SYPS applicants must obtain permission from their undergraduate studies dean/advisor with a plan to complete their undergraduate degree within one year of starting the MN program.
  • Following application and acceptance, students enter the Master of Nursing Program as a senior in college.
  • Upon completion of the first year of the MN Program, students earn a BA or BS from the liberal arts college while simultaneously completing the first year of the two year Master of Nursing Program. 
  • At completion, students earn a Master of Nursing degree and are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam. 

Although not limited to these universities, View a List of Colleges & Universities where students have enrolled in the MN program at the start of their senior year.

Senior Year Direct Entry Option Pathways 

Case Western Reserve University Students

CWRU students may apply to the MN Program through the undergraduate dean of their respective schools at the beginning of their junior year. CWRU students must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major to be eligible.

Undergraduate Students at Case Western Reserve University obtain permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies prior to applying to the Master of Nursing program and must have completed the following:

  • The Case Western Reserve University Core Curriculum and two semesters of physical education, unless excused from the latter.
  • Three quarters of the major and minor concentration requirements
  • At least 90 semester hours of academic credit, with the final 60 hours completed at CWRU, and not more than a total of 6 semester hours earned at another institution, either by cross-registration or by approved transfer of credit.
  • For more information, contact the CWRU Office of Undergraduate Studies

General Admission Requirements 

There are five pre-requisite courses that must be completed prior to beginning the Master of Nursing Program. These courses must be taken within five years of enrollment, and a minimum of two must be complete with a B- (2.75) or higher, prior to application review. 

Pre-requisites for the Master of Nursing Program are:

  • Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan: One course; at least 3 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: One course, at least 6 credits, with labs 
  • Microbiology: One course, at least 4 credits, with lab 
  • Statistics: One course in basic statistics, 3 credits
  • Chemistry: One course; minimum of 4 credits may be required, depending on undergraduate major.

The GRE is not required for application. However, GRE test scores may be requested for an admission decision:

  • GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores required 

(Minimum: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, and Analytical Writing 4.0)

International Applicants

International applicants must apply one year prior to the desired program start date.  For additional requirements, contact the Office of Enrollment at 216.368.2529 or

Application Information

For questions or information, contact Admissions at 216.368.5981 or