College of Nursing
Nurse Midwifery

Students - Admission Process

Admission Process

Midwifery applications for the MSN degree are only accepted in the fall for spring enrollment.  The deadline for applications is September 15th.  Applicants for the Post Masters Certificate in Midwifery may apply in both the fall and spring.  The application deadline for spring enrollment is September 15th and the application deadline for fall enrollment is March 15th.

Admission to the master of science in nursing degree program requires the student to meet the minimum admission requirements for graduate study as established by the university and the following requirements established by the College of Nursing.

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate studies and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in nursing major
  • An acceptable score of (minimum) 30% on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) within the past five years
  • Currently hold a non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or a NCSBN compact state. Out-of-state applicants are only accepted from South Carolina.
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant's interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree's relationship to those goals
  • Three professional references
  • A personal interview with a member of the midwifery faculty
  • One year RN experience (Labor and Delivery preferred but not required)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to practice with under served populations

Though no applicant who falls below the ECU College of Nursing Graduate concentration minimum admission requirements (GPA of 3.0 and GRE at or above the 30th percentile) is guaranteed admission, ECU Graduate School policy allows requests for admission by exception. The ECU Graduate School makes final decisions on these requests. These criteria will be used to inform decisions at the concentration level regarding requests for admissions by exception.

  • Above-minimum GPA (ie, 3.3+) although GRE is below the 30th percentile
  • Above-minimum GRE although the GPA is below the admission minimum
  • Mitigating circumstances to explain lower GPA with evidence that those circumstances have changed
  • Completed graduate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or completed at least 9 semester hours graduate work without a degree with a GPA at 3.2 or better
  • Demonstrates success in current professional role as a nurse in clinical, research, policy, or healthcare improvement positions.
  • Strong recommendations from experienced healthcare leader with first-hand knowledge of professional work

Paths to Entering the Program

Applicants to the nurse-midwifery education program at East Carolina University are required to have a BSN and a minimum of one year of hospital nursing (preferably in labor & delivery). If you do not have your BSN there are a couple of options to earning that prior to applying to the program.

  • You may earn an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a community college, then you may apply to the RN to BSN program at ECU while working in the hospital as a nurse.
  • If you have a Baccalaureate degree in something other than nursing you may apply to the Accelerated BSN program. This takes one year to complete.
  • If you are a registered nurse (RN), you must have worked in a hospital as a nurse for a minimum of one year prior to applying to the program. If you have your ADN you may start working on the one year of experience while attending the RN to BSN program.

Graduates of the nurse-midwifery program at East Carolina University earn a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and are then eligible to sit for the certificate exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Once they pass the board exam they are certified nurse-midwives.

MSN Application & Deadline

You will find information about application and application deadline at