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Master of Science in Nursing for RNs




Full or Part Time
Fall Only
1 to 2 Years




Master of
Science in Nursing



All 6 Campuses
*Tuition listed is per semester and based on 12+ credit hours, in-state residency
**Reflects dollars distributed by the College of Nursing to students in all degree programs, 2022-23.

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

Admission: Fall only

This Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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.

Because the program is hybrid with some on-campus requirements, and because faculty arrange all clinical site placements for students, students must live within commuting distance of the UIC Nursing campus to which they are admitted. That could be in Illinois or a bordering state (IA, WI, IN, MO, KY). Students must also have a registered nursing license in the state in which their clinicals will be completed.


Application deadline is January 15. Learn about applying →

*Some deadline exceptions may apply for our active military applicants. If you are active military, please reach out to if you have any questions.

[Note for International Applicants: The MSN for RNs program does not meet F-1/J-1 student visa requirements. Applicants in other visa categories should check regulations for their specific visa type before applying.]

Program Length and Delivery Heading link

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 MSN 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 Program Requirements

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What our students say Heading link

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“UIC is a great place to find diversity and growth with fellow classmates. Current students are carrying the torch for change that we all should want to see in how healthcare is taught and practiced. UIC is also a place where students care for a diverse group of patients in the clinical setting—from the suburbs of Chicago to the heart of the city and everywhere in between.”

Amanda Treviño  |  AGMS '21
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In the nursing program at UIC, you will have the opportunity to form strong bonds that will provide you with the support you need as you navigate the field of nursing and throughout your career as a nurse.

Alyssa Hiserote  |  Expected AGMS Aug. '24, BSN '19

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

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