College of Science and Health > Academics > School of Nursing > Graduate Programs > RN to MS in Nursing (MS) > Admission Requirements
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Admission requirements are dependent on the student's educational background.
Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a ACEN,CNEA, or CCNE accredited nursing program; or hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field from an ACEN or CNEA accredited nursing program.
AND provide proof of a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S., with eligibility to practice in the state where clinical will take place.
Minimum 2.75 GPA
Be able to provide proof of completing the following prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better:
Hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an ACEN orCNEA accredited nursing program.
Note: This program is not available to residents of the following: Alabama, Alaska, District of Columbia, Delaware, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Online applications can be submitted at www.depaul.edu/apply or through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs nationwide. See below for additional instructions on each.
Applications will be continuously reviewed although it is recommended applicants submit their application six weeks prior to the term they wish to enter. Available entry terms are fall and winter.
Submit the DePaul online application at www.depaul.edu/apply
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. (Colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts can email them to email@example.com.)
Personal statement (two to three 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?
Proof of unencumbered RN license
Two letters of reference from former faculty or employers
Curriculum vitae or resume
Please include professional activities (i.e. organizational memberships, committee memberships, officer positions, etc.) and community service activities.
Pay the $40 application fee through the online application or mail a check made out to DePaul University to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below.
If required, submit your GRE or TOEFL score directly from ETS. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.
The Office of Graduate Admission
College of Science and Health
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215
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.
Detailed instructions for completing your NursingCAS application can be found at the following:
How to Complete a NursingCAS Application video
Preparing to Apply -- NursingCAS
NursingCASP.O. Box 9201Watertown, 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 coursework (including in-progress coursework)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 used to create
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”.
*Please note that all science prerequisite courses must include labs and have been completed with a grade of 'C' or better. All prerequisites must be completed before the start of term in which the student plans to enroll in the first nursing course. The prerequisite courses do not have to be completed before submitting an application. Students can begin the RN-MS in Nursing program taking only the required liberal studies (general education) courses until all of the prerequisite courses have been completed. If the admission review committee needs more information on an applicant whose prerequisites are not complete, they may defer making a decision on the application until the review period for the next available term.
International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S.) must take additional steps to be considered for admission. Please visit http://csh.depaul.edu/admission/graduate/Pages/international-student-admissions.aspx for details. Please note that students requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible for this program.
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If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at (773) 325-7315 or email@example.com.