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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. At the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science site in North Chicago, courses are offered in a new hybrid model with classes held virtually and only labs and clinicals require in-person. Both accelerated programs are designed to be completed in two years.

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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

Early Decision
Final Deadline*
Term Start Date
​January 15
​July 15*
​September 7, 2022
​June 15
​November 1*
​January 2, 2023
​October 1
​January 15*
​March 25, 2023
​October 1
​April 15*
​June 12, 2023

* Review of applications will begin after the Early Decision date and will continue until each cohort is filled. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission at for more information.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, résumé, official transcripts and letters of recommendation.

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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.”


Current MS student
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

Take the next step

We’ll send you our viewbook with information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.

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