How to Apply

To apply for admission to the Neonatal Nursing Master’s Degree online, complete the application process which begins at the link below. Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university and have a minimum of 2 years full-time, RN-level practice experience in a level three neonatal intensive care unit prior to the beginning of clinical practicum course.

Begin your Application

Application Instructions

Applications will be evaluated upon receipt of all required documentation (rolling admission):

  • A written response to the following:
    1. Why have you decided to pursue this degree? What are your plans for the future? 
    2. What are your career interests and goals? Address your reasons for pursuing advanced practice nursing, your reason for selecting the specialty track (if applicable), and your goals upon graduation.
    3. Why are you applying to UConn?
  • Three letters of reference.
    • Academic (1 letter): A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor (who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record and aptitude for demanding graduate course work)
      • Should no faculty who knew you be available at your school of nursing, please contact the dean's office there for assistance with obtaining an academic reference. References from coworkers employed at an academic medical center do not meet the requirement for an academic reference, but we welcome those letters as professional references. Note: A nurse educator/clinical nurse specialist does not count toward an academic reference, as they address staff development, not academic potential.
    • Professional (2 letters): to address abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing as well as potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field.
      • One Each:
        1. A clinical supervisor or nurse manager (who directly supervised you in a clinical setting.
        2. A practicing advanced practice nurse (APRN) or physician who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed (preferably in the APRN specialty to which you are applying).
    • Current resume (uploaded).
    • Unofficial transcript(s) for all undergraduate and graduate coursework (uploaded).
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
    • If you use the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), you must have a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based test.
    • The GRE and Residence Affidavit are not required.
    • Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) on the application are required fields.


    Applications are evaluated as soon as the student’s file is complete. 


    For BS-MS applicants, when completing the application form, under the Intended Program tab select:

    • Levels of Study: Masters
    • Academic Areas: Health
    • Program: Nursing MS
    • Concentration: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-MS
    • Campus: Storrs
    • Entry Term: Indicate to which semester you wish to apply.


    For BS-DNP applicants, when completing the application form, under the Intended Program tab select:

    • Levels of Study: PhD/Doctoral
    • Academic Areas: Health
    • Program: Nursing DNP
    • Campus: Storrs
    • Entry Term: Indicate to which semester you wish to apply.

    Post-Graduate APRN Certificate

    For Post-Graduate APRN Certificate applicants, when completing the application form, under the Intended Program tab select:

    • Levels of Study: Certificate
    • Academic Areas: Health
    • Program: Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program
    • Concentration: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner-Grad Certificate
    • Campus: Storrs
    • Entry Term: Fall

    Important Deadlines

    Please submit materials no later than: 

    • October 15: Spring Semester
    • March 15: Summer Semester
    • June 15: Fall Semester

    UConn Neonatal Nursing Online Master's DegreeApplications submitted after designated deadlines will be considered on a space available basis until enrollment caps are reached, or, considered for admission to the following semester. Upon acceptance, a $1000 non-refundable deposit toward your tuition will be required prior to course registration, as well as, electronic or hard copy submission of official transcripts.

    If you have any questions on how to use the online application system, please contact The Graduate School at 860-486-3617.

    International Students: This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.