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MENP for Non-Nurses (MSN)

MENP for Non-Nurses (MSN)
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Enter the nursing field at a higher level

DePaul’s Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP) program is for college graduates who want to become nurses. With our entry level master’s in nursing, you’ll get the same one-on-one, personal attention from faculty members that you’ll give your patients. You will develop the skills you need to excel as a nurse in any specialty you choose.

Through our program, you’ll gain

  • credentials beyond a baccalaureate nursing degree
  • leadership skills that will help you move into administrative, educational or advocacy roles
  • research expertise that hospital administrators and medical investigators value

You’ll also be eligible for the RN licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

Courses are offered in-person at the Lincoln Park campus with some online courses available. Labs will be done at the Lincoln Park campus with clinical settings around the Chicagoland area.  This accelerated program is designed to be completed in 2 years (24 straight months).

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Unparalleled hands-on preparation

Our network of more than 75 clinical sites means you’ll gain extensive hands-on experience with a variety of patient populations and practice settings. We’re one of the few programs to guarantee you a full intensive-care clinical rotation, as well as a clinical immersion internship. As you make these connections, you’ll build your professional network throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Application Deadlines

Application review begins*
January 15
June 15
October 1
December 1

*Space is limited each term so priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply before these dates. Any applicants are welcome to apply after this date but will be notified in their admission decision if seats are still available. Please review our academic calendar for more details about each term's specific start date.

Admission Requirements

Find out what you need to submit to apply through NursingCAS, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and resume.

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Required Courses

Students complete 107 quarter hours.

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DePaul’s MENP program was the first in Illinois to enable college graduates to enter the field without a bachelor’s in nursing.


of Nursing graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Faculty with a rich perspective

You’ll benefit from the extensive professional backgrounds of faculty like Barbara Harris, PhD, RN. Harris is an Illinois Board of Higher Education Nurse Educator Fellow and noted author of publications on pharmacological interventions for schizophrenia and public health policy. She specializes in women’s mental health and emotional distress related to psychiatric issues.

“This unique program was specific to my goals. DePaul made me feel at home and I could not see myself going anywhere else to pursue my nursing degree. The clinical experiences allow students to apply what they are learning and allow a seamless transition into a future nursing career.”


MENP graduate, June 2021
Finney, MENP for Non-Nurses MS student 

Alumni Network

You’ll be connected to DePaul’s strong alumni network, including nearly 3,000 nursing alumni working in the Chicago area, like Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northshore University HealthSystem and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s School of Nursing at (773) 325-7315 or

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