Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Procedures

Prerequisite Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT)


General Application Procedures

Can I start a graduate program during any semester or is there only a September start date?

With the exception of the Accelerated BS/MS Nursing and Part Time BS Nursing programs (which only start in the Fall semester), students may start a graduate program any semester – Fall, Spring, Summer I (mid-May), or Summer II (late June).

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What materials do I need to submit in order to complete my application?

A complete list of application requirements can be found here.

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Do I need a personal interview?

A meeting/interview is required for most programs. Interviews for the Accelerated BS/MS Nursing and Part Time BS Nursing programs, however, are now by way of invitation only. Many programs will require you to meet with the designated Graduate Program Director, however, speaking with your Admission Counselor is a good initial step.

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Can I apply to both the Part Time BS in Nursing for Non-Nurse College graduates and the full-time Accelerated BS/MS in Nursing for Non-Nurse College graduates?

No. Students must choose one of the two options for non-nurse college graduates at the time of application. Additionally, students are required to remain with their cohort throughout their program and may not switch between the full and part time.

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What is the deadline to apply to a Graduate Program?

A thorough outline of application deadlines, as well as other important dates, may be found here.

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Is the Early Action deadline for the Part Time BS in Nursing and the full-time Accelerated BS/MS in Nursing binding?

No. Unlike the commonly used Early Decision deadline, an Early Action deadline is not binding.

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Is there any way to postpone a deposit deadline?

No. Deposit deadlines are non-negotiable.

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Prerequisite Requirements

Do all prerequisites need to be completed in order to apply to a program?

No. Prerequisites are a requirement to matriculate into a program and are not required to be completed at the time that you apply. As such, you may apply early and complete the prerequisites during the following Spring or Summer semesters. All prerequisites must be completed by the semester in which a student plans on starting a program.

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Is there a time limit on my prerequisite courses?

There is no time limit on a Social Science course (i.e., Statistics, Human Development, and Ethics). Physical science courses (i.e., Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) however, must be completed within 7 years of the start of the program. Students whose physical science courses exceed the 7 year time limit may choose to retake the course, take the CLEP exam (Chemistry only) or take a review course through Regis College.

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I had previously taken courses similar to the prerequisites. Can these courses count?

Certain courses will count as equivalents for select prerequisites. If a student has any questions about whether or not a course will count as a prerequisite, he or she should contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 781.768.7330 or graduatedepartment@regiscollege.edu. Syllabi and/or course descriptions may be required in order to determine prerequisite equivalency.

The following table lists common equivalents for prerequisite courses that are accepted by Regis College:

Prerequisite Requirement Accepted Equivalent Course
Anatomy and Physiology I and II One semester of Anatomy
One semester of Physiology
Chemistry I and II CH105 at Regis College
Chemistry CLEP exam
Chemistry II Organic Chemistry
Human Development Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Ethics Biomedical Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy


The following table lists courses that will not count as prerequisite equivalents by Regis College:

Prerequisite Requirement Non-Equivalent Course
Microbiology General Biology
Statistics Calculus
Ethics Introduction to Sociology
Human Development Child Development
Adolescent Development

In addition, physical science courses (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry I and II, and Microbiology) must have a lab associated with them. Any physical science course not accompanied by a lab will not be accepted by Regis College.

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What grade is required for prerequisite courses? What happens if I do not have that grade?

While any course with a grade of C or better will be accepted, students should receive grades of A’s and B’s in order to be considered a competitive candidate.

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I am currently a Nurse. Do I need to take a Statistics course?

Statistics is a required course for all Nursing programs.

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Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Is the GRE/MAT required? Can I waive the GRE/MAT requirement?

The GRE is required for all programs with the following exceptions:

  • Part time BS in Nursing
  • RN-BS-MS Upward Mobility Nursing program
  • RN-MS Nursing Bridge program


Students applying to the Accelerated BS/MS Nursing program are not eligible to waive the GRE/MAT requirement unless they hold a previous advanced degree (Masters or Doctoral level). Students applying to all other programs, however, may take two Regis College graduate courses towards the program and, if a grade of B- or better is received, may waive the GRE/MAT exam.

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What GRE/MAT scores does Regis College look for in applicants to the Accelerated BS/MS Nursing program?

The average accepted student at Regis College receives a total of 1100 on the GRE exam (550 Verbal, 550 Quantitative). With the recently changed scoring system, the previous score of 1100 is now equivalent to approximately 301. For the Miller Analogies Test, we are looking for a score of approximately 410.

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I received a lower score on the GRE/MAT. Will my application still be reviewed?

Yes. There is no specific cutoff for GRE/MAT scores. The Graduate Admission Committee will review your entire application (including resume, personal statement, transcripts, prerequisite grades, letters of reference) before rendering an admission decision. All items will be taken into consideration when reviewing a student’s application.

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Where can I learn more and/or register for the GRE/MAT?

For more information, please visit the GRE or MAT websites.

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