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Master of Science in Nursing for RNs

Quick facts about MSN for RNs program

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

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.

Application deadline is January 15. Learn about applying →

**Please note 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.

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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.

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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
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

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

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