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Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the applicant’s academic background, research interests, and availability of suitable faculty expertise for mentorship. The following minimum admission criteria must be met for full consideration for admission into the post-baccalaureate or the post-master’s PhD programs:

  • Prior degrees Applicants for the post-baccalaureate option must have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program. Applicants for the post-master’s option must have a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program. Applicants who have a master’s degree in a field other than nursing may also be considered for admission to the post-master’s option but may have to complete additional course work based on prior educational background.
  • Students must have at least a 2.75/4.00 grade point average for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of the first baccalaureate degree.
  • All students must have a valid license to practice professional nursing in at least one jurisdiction.
  • GRE scores must be submitted by applicants with less than a cumulative 3.25/4.00 GPA in their baccalaureate (or higher) degree. Scores must be submitted by the application deadline. Cumulative GPAs are pulled directly from the transcripts submitted.

*Application deadline is December 1 Learn about applying →

UIC undergraduate alumni and soon-to-be alumni who are applying to graduate Master’s and PhD programs could have their application fee waived. Only full or expected UIC alumni are eligible. This includes (1) Those students who have fully earned, or will earn, a UIC bachelor’s degree by the proposed term of enrollment in a UIC graduate program and (2) UIC seniors who are seeking concurrent graduate enrollment for the final year of their undergraduate study. Waiver does not apply to those who have attended UIC but not earned a degree, applicants to UIC professional programs, or alumni of UIUC or UIS.

*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. 

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