The winter 2015 cohorts at both the Lincoln Park Campus and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Campus are no longer accepting applications and are now closed. The next available cohorts at the Lincoln Park Campus and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Campus are fall 2015. We encourage students to apply before the Lincoln Park Campus Fall Application Deadline of January 15. The Rosalind Franklin Campus Fall Application Priority Deadline is also January 15.

For applicants interested in starting in winter term the priority application deadline is June 15, while the priority deadline for the fall term is January 15. The department does typically review applications beyond these dates until the incoming class is full, however we do recommend having all of your materials submitted by these dates to ensure your application is reviewed.

Graduate Information Sessions 

Please join us for an upcoming information session featuring DePaul's master's entry to nursing practice (MENP) program. Information sessions are held regularly at the Lincoln Park Campus and at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago (about 35 miles north of Chicago). 


For a current schedule of events, please click here​

Applying for Admission 

Applicants have two options:

  1. Apply directly to DePaul atwww.depaul.edu/apply​ OR
  2. Apply through NursingCAS. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing programs nationwide.

General Admission Rquirements

To be eligible for the master’s entry to nursing practice program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • Online application (www.depaul.edu/applyOR NursingCAS application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • Official GRE scores if undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (GRE institution code: 1165)
  • Prerequisite Worksheet​ - (Required only of students who are applying through DePaul’s online application.)
  • A personal statement (2-3 pages) that answers the following questions:
    • Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in nursing at DePaul University?
    • How will this program further your academic and professional goals?
  • Two letters of reference from former faculty or employer
    • The recommender can be a professor or work supervisor (not a coworker or relative) and should address the student's ability to perform graduate work successfully.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Please include professional activities (i.e. organizational memberships, committee memberships, officer positions, etc.) and community service activities​.
  • For applicants who have been educated in a country where the native language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS score is required. If a student holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. institution or other English-only speaking country, they will not be required to provide English proficiency test scores.

International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission.  Please visit http://csh.depaul.edu/admission/graduate/Pages/international-student-admissions.aspx for details.​

Prerequisite Coursework

In addition to the general admission requirements above, students should be able to provide proof of successfully completing the following prerequisite courses: 


·         Two courses of human anatomy/physiology with labs

·         One course of inorganic (i.e. general chemistry) with lab

·         One course in organic chemistry with lab


Note on Prerequisites 


All prerequisite courses must include labs and have been completed within the last ten years with a grade of 'C' or better. All prerequisites must be completed before the start of term to which the student is applying. The prerequisite courses do not have to be completed before the application deadline. However, in some cases the applicant pool includes so many students who have completed all or most of their prereqs that the available places in that cohort are filled by these students. In that case, qualified students with fewer prerequisite courses completed may be offered admission to the following term. If the admission review committee needs more information on an applicant whose prereqs are not complete, they may defer making a decision on the application until the review period for the next available term. ​ 


Applying Directly to DePaul 

  • Submit the DePaul online application at www.depaul.edu/apply
  • Submit your personal statement, two letters of recommendation, resume or CV, and prerequisite worksheet directly through the online application OR by email to GradDePaul@depaul.edu. Please make sure your name is on all documents. 
  • Pay the non-refundable $40 application fee through the online application or mail a check to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. 
  • Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. (College and universities that issue official electronic transcripts can email them to GradDePaul@depaul.edu). 
  • If required, submit your GRE and/or TOEFL score directly from ETS (www.ets.org). DePaul's institution code is 1165. 

        Mailing Address:

        The Office of Graduate Admission

        College of Science and Health

        DePaul University

        2400 N. Sheffield Avenue

        Chicago, IL 60614-2215                  

 Applying Through NursingCAS 

Starting in July 2013, applicants to the MENP program will have the option of applying to the program through NursingCAS. Applying through NursingCAS allows you to submit your application to DePaul and other institutions nationwide through one centralized application. NursingCAS also verifies your academic credentials on behalf of DePaul. The first available entry term for NursingCAS applicants will be winter 2013-2014.

Here’s how to get started Nursing  instructional video or helpful PowerPoint presentation on how to complete a NursingCAS application.

  • Visit www.nursing.organd click “Apply Here” to initiate your application.
  •  Click on “Create Account” and complete the required fields.
  • Save your personal statement in the “Personal Statement” section of NursingCAS. Title it “DePaul University MENP Program.” Attach the statement to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application.
  • Request that your references be submitted via the “References” section of NursingCAS. Attach your references to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application.
  • Upload a copy of your CV or resume into the “Documents Upload” section of NursingCAS. Remember to attach your resume to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your applications. 
  • Complete DePaul’s Supplemental Question Sheet, upload it into the “Documents Upload” section of NursingCAS and attach it to DePaul University prior to e-submitting your application. ​​MENP NursingCAS Supplemental Questions.pdf
  • Applicants applying through NursingCAS do not need to submit the prerequisite worksheet.
  • If required to submit a GRE score, you should report your score in the “Tests” section of the NursingCAS application. Have your official score sent directly from ETS (www.ets.org) to DePaul University. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended. All official transcripts must be mailed from the issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. In order to expedite the processing be sure to include the Transcript Request Form. Have the transcripts mailed to the following address:

                        P.O. Box 9201
                        Watertown, MA 02471 ​

Note: You must input all of your college level coursework into the NursingCAS application. Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) in hand or accessible in order to complete this section. All college level course work (including in-progress course work) must be entered into the application in this section. There is a short, instructional video posted here on how to accurately complete this section. And detailed instructions are posted here. This will be the most time-consuming aspect of the application process.


If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter in your coursework data on your behalf then you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admission decisions.

  • Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). This is the required evaluation service for international applicants who wish to apply to DePaul using the NursingCAS application.  International credit evaluations and transcripts should be mailed to NursingCAS at the address above. If you wish to apply directly to DePaul University, follow the instructions above in the section, "Applying Directly to DePaul".
  • If required to submit a TOEFL score, you should report your score in the “Tests” section of the NursingCAS application. Have your official score sent directly from ETS (www.ets.org) to DePaul. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.

Helpful Hints on Using NursingCAS

Use the Quick Status Menu while logged into your NursingCAS application to check to see if your transcripts have been received or use this link, https://portal.nursingcas.org/?rm=status_transcripts. You can also use the Quick Status Menu to check to see if your references have been submitted.

Questions about NursingCAS

For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-612-2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org. Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel


Monitor the Status of Your Application:

The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address that you created your account with.


Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see if your Transcript(s)Reference(s), or Payment(s) have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words programs you have applied to) click on the Designations option under the Quick Status​.