College of Science and Health > Academics > School of Nursing > Graduate Programs > RN to MS in Nursing (MSN) > Admission Requirements
Please join us for an
upcoming information session featuring the RN to MS program. Since this is an online program, information sessions are held online and at the Lincoln Park Campus.
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.
Provide proof of a current unencumbered RN license in the state in which you will complete your clinical practicum.
Minimum 2.75 GPA
Be able to provide proof of completing the following prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better: Statistics
Hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an ACEN orCNEA accredited nursing program.
students: This program is not available to students who plan to complete their
clinical practicum in any of the following states: Arizona, California,
Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Washington. In addition, if you plan to
obtain your advanced practice licensure outside of Illinois after graduation
from this program, we urge you to contact your
state’s licensing agency to confirm restrictions and requirements unique to
your state before beginning an online nursing program.
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, winter, spring, and summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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 TOEFL score directly from ETS. DePaul’s institution code is 1165.
The Office of Graduate AdmissionCollege of Science and HealthDePaul University2400 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.
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. 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. 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. 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- various ways to contact them are on this page. Get started by reviewing the NursingCAS Quick Start Guide here.
Monitor the Status of Your Application
You have sent the requests for your references and transcripts, what is next? Within NursingCAS you can review the status of your application, references, and transcripts directly from the application. The Check Status page will help you track your status.
As you progress through the application process, you’ll receive important notifications and critical alerts. Applicants are responsible for monitoring these notifications and following up on any required actions. To view your notifications, click View My Notifications on the left side of the application dashboard.
More information on checking your NursingCAS application status is on this page.
*One statistics course with a grade of "C" or better must be completed and documented by submitting an official transcript showing the grade before a student can begin the program. The statistics course does not need to be completed before applying for admission for students with an ADN only. For all other applicants, the statistics course must be completed before applying.
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.
Attend one of our information sessions.
Learn more about
If you need assistance to complete your application and/or have questions, contact the CSH Graduate Admission office at
(773) 325-7315 or