Admission Requirements

Prospective students seeking admission to the MSN program must meet requisite standards of academic ability and work experience. The Admission Committee places emphasis on qualifications and credentials considered to be indicators for student success in graduate education: critical thinking and writing skills. Applications to the MSN program must be made through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, including submission of original transcripts of candidate’s undergraduate coursework, and payment of the application fee. Applicant must also submit the application to the Department of Nursing. The Department application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Application to the Graduate School can be found on the Graduate school web page. Application materials must be received by March 15 each year for the fall semester enrollment. Early application is encouraged. Applicants may apply to the program up to 12 months prior to the desired start date.

Students seeking admission into the MSN degree must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nursing. 
  2. Have attained a GPA 3.0 or better (on a 4.0) scale).
  3. Proof of license as a registered nurse in the State of Illinois.
  4. Official transcripts from postsecondary institutions.
  5. Statement of Goals – maximum of two pages describing goals and rationale for pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.  Include nursing experiences that have prepared you to pursue a new role following completion of the program.
  6. Three letters of professional recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s competence in the practice of nursing and potential for successful graduate education.
  7. An interview with the Department of Nursing Admission Committee.
  8. International students must have their academic transcripts evaluated by the University recognized agencies and must score 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Courses taken prior to admission to the MSN program must be approved at the time of admission if they are to be counted toward the degree.  A maximum of 9 credits can be accepted as transfer credits or as a student-at-large. These courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.  Approval must be granted by both the department and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  To gain approval, an original transcript must accompany the application and be submitted to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Upon admission into the program, a faculty advisor is assigned to each student based on his/her area of concentration specialty. The faculty advisor monitors the student’s performance each semester. 

Application Form (pdf)

Recommendation Form (pdf)