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Master of Science in Nursing for Non-RNs




Full Time
Fall Only
2.5 Years




Master of
Science in Nursing



Chicago, Urbana
* Cost for full program based on 12+ credit hours, in-state, and excluding additional fees or assessments; **Reflects dollars distributed by the College of Nursing to students in all degree programs, 2022-23

This graduate-entry program is for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and now wish to enter the nursing profession at an advanced level. Heading link

Admission: Fall only

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)–Graduate-Entry program prepares non-nurses to sit for the RN licensure exam, then go on to work as advanced generalist nurses who act as care coordinators for a group of patients while providing direct care in complex cases. 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.

At the bedside: Learn about clinical rotations

Program length and delivery Heading link

The MSN–GE program, which admits students in the fall only, is a full-time program that takes seven consecutive semesters (including summers). 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.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam, the NCLEX.

See Program Requirements

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What our students say Heading link

Jason Baksas

“I liked the diversity of UIC, I liked that they’re a state school, and I liked their mission and their commitment to their students. All the professors were great. All the support was great.” (watch video)

Jason Baksas  |  AGMS/Grad-Entry ’19
Portrait of a female student

“After 11 years of service in the U.S. Air Force as a paramedic and enlisted healthcare provider, I knew I wanted to explore different career paths outside of military service. What stood out about UIC was the ability to enter the nursing profession without getting a second undergraduate degree and its impressive reputation in Chicago. Thanks to their flexibility and veteran-friendly status, my transition to the civilian sector was a smooth and enjoyable process. “

Katelyn Osterbauer  |  Expected graduation, Dec. 2025

Two campuses offer this program Heading link

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

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