Master of Science for RNs


This program prepares nurses for roles as care coordinators who also provide direct care in complex cases.

Admission: Fall only

This Advanced Generalist Master of Science (AGMS) program provides professional nurses with the clinical leadership skills needed to improve patient outcomes by integrating evidence-based practice and care coordination in a fiscally responsible manner. Not limited to acute care settings, advanced generalists evaluate client outcomes, assess client risks, and promote client and family advocacy. 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 →

Program length and delivery

The Advanced Generalist MS program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Most students complete the 34-credit-hour degree in one to two years.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in nursing move directly through the program; applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and an RN license enter the AGMS Transition Program, where they take up to four additional courses.

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.

See the schedule of courses

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What our students say

Cesar Onsorio

The advanced generalist master’s program at UIC is geared toward leadership exposure and interdisciplinary collaboration. I’ve enjoyed learning about putting quality improvement programs in place and evaluating their effectiveness. Knowing how to do that is one of the biggest takeaways from my time at UIC.

Cesar Osorio  |  AGMS '18

All campuses offer this program

Need to reach the AGMS program director? Contact Robin Johnson, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC.