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The following criteria must be met in order for your application to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program to receive full consideration:
- Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program OR a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing plus an RN license. Applicants may apply as they are completing their degree but all students enrolling in the MSN program must have a bachelor’s degree before matriculating into the program.
- All students must have a valid license to practice professional nursing in at least one jurisdiction. Applicants may apply before they have passed the NCLEX and attained nursing licensure.
- A brief grace period will be granted to any new student who does not meet this requirement. A compliance hold will be placed on the UIC student account until students submit their RN license. Any student who fails to submit proof of RN licensure to UIC by December 1 of their first semester in the College of Nursing will be dismissed. Students dismissed by the College of Nursing must re-apply and gain readmission to the program in order to register for any additional courses.
- Applicants must have had a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.00 in the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of the first baccalaureate degree.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.