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Admission Requirements

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.

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.


*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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