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Admission Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order for your application to the Master of Science in Nursing–Graduate-Entry program to receive full consideration:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (any field)
  2. Most successful applicants have a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of their first undergraduate degree*
  3. 2.50/4.00 GPA in the four science prerequisites (excluding statistics), and at least 2 out of the 4 science prerequisite courses completed, on the uploaded transcripts, by the application deadline of Jan. 15
  4. Completion of 18 semester hours of prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester before you start the program
  5. All science prerequisites must have been completed within seven years of enrollment
  6. All prerequisites must be complete, with grades of C or better, by the end of the spring semester before you start the program. Evaluations of prerequisite courses will be conducted by the College of Nursing during the admissions review only. One-on-one evaluations are not available for prospective students.
    * Upon admission, additional requirements may be implemented based on GPA; please see the UIC Graduate College website for full policy and details.
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.

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The following courses are required for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing–Graduate-Entry program. If you took comparable course outside of UIC, please use the online tool Transferology to determine equivalencies. If you are unsure about whether or not a class is transferable, please email

  1. Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I) with lab (4 hours)
  2. Physiology  (or Anatomy & Physiology II) with lab  (4 hours)
  3. Chemistry with lab (4 hours) (General, Inorganic, Organic or Biochemistry accepted)
  4. Microbiology (3 hours)
  5. Statistics (3 hours)

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