Graduate-Entry Master of Science

The Career Changer

Admission: Fall only

UIC Nursing's Graduate-Entry MS program is designed for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are now seeking to become registered nurses. Graduates enter the field as advanced generalists who act as care coordinators for a group of patients while providing direct care in complex cases. They are able to synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, to improve healthcare by assuming leadership roles, and to contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Application deadline is January 15. Learn about applying →

At the bedside: Learn about clinical rotations

Program length and delivery

The Graduate-Entry MS program, which admits students in the fall only, is a full-time program that takes seven consecutive semesters (including summers). All students complete the same sequence of courses, including online, on-site and blended courses.

Along with lectures and hands-on training in a lab setting, students participate in clinical experiences in a wide range of focus areas and care settings. Faculty assign all students to clinical practicum sites; students are not responsible for finding their own.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam, the NCLEX.

See the schedule of courses

What our students say

Kady Currin

“I would not be where I am today without the help of my outstanding instructors at UIC. The lasting impact they left on me is what continues to help me grow today as a NICU nurse, and will continue for many years to come. The instructors at UIC challenged me, invested in me and cared for me throughout my journey to become a nurse.”

Kady Currin, RN, Prentice Northwestern Women's Hospital   |  Graduate-Entry MS ’17
Annie Perry Shideler

“It’s important to me that the mission of the school I attend mirrors my own values. UIC is dedicated to giving back to the city, neighborhoods and communities where we live and work. That makes me proud to be a student here.”

Annie Perry Shideler  |  Graduate-Entry MS Class of 2019

Two campuses offer this program

Need to reach the Graduate-Entry MS program director? Contact Maripat King, DNP, RN, ACNP.