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RN to MS in Nursing (RN) Admission

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General Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are dependent on the student's educational background.

For Students with a BS in Nursing, or an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor Degree in a Non-Nursing Field

  • Hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited school; or hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and a bachelor degree in a non-nursing field from a regionally accredited school.

  • AND provide proof of a current unencu​mbered license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S., with eligibility to practice in the state where clinical will take place.

  • Be able to provide proof of completing the following prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better:

    • General (inorganic) chemistry with lab

    • Growth and development (lifespan)

    • Human anatomy / physiology I & II with labs

    • Microbiology or organic chemistry with lab

    • Statistics​

For Students with an Associate Degree in Nursing

  • Hold an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution or diploma from a state-approved school of nursing in the U.S.

  • 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.

  • Be able to provide proof of completing the following prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better:

    • Genereal (inorganic) chemistry with lab

    • Growth and development (lifespan)

    • Human anatomy / physiology I & II with labs

    • Microbiology or organic chemistry with lab

    • Statistics​

Note: This program is not available to residents of Oregon.​​​​

Applying for Admission

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.

Applying Directly to DePaul

  • 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 graddepaul@depaul.edu.)

  • 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?

  • Prerequisite Worksheet

  • Scanned copy 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.

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

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

  • Visit www.nursing.org and 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 RN-MS ​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.
  • 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 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:

NursingCAS
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 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.

  • Transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service, DePaul University and NursingCAS both accept Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) so this is the recommended evaluation service for international applicants who wish to apply to DePaul using the NursingCAS application. International credit evaluations should be mailed to NursingCAS at the address above.
  • 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 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 used to create your account.

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”.

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​​​​Note on Prerequisites

*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

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.