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RN to MS in Nursing (MS)

RN to MS in Nursing (MSN)
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Earn the credentials to advance your career

If you’re a registered nurse, DePaul’s MS in Nursing program will help you develop the skills and credentials you need to become a nurse administrator, nurse educator, family nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. We’ll tailor the program for you depending on your educational background.

If choosing nurse educator or nurse administrator track, you’ll earn a Master of Science in nursing through DePaul; and a certificate in health administration or health professions education through DePaul’s alliance with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Our program is offered completely online (except for clinical hours). The program takes two to four years depending on academic degree held by applicants.

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Earn your degree on your time

By offering all academic courses online and having the option to complete clinical degree requirements in your community, you have the flexibility to finish the program from anywhere.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Enrollment Term

July 15
November 1
February 1
April 15

Admission Requirements

Submit a NursingCAS application, personal statement, résumé, official transcripts and letters of recommendation.​

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Required Courses

Your course requirements will depend on your educational background.

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


The reported median salary of Nursing graduates was $61,526.

A faculty of mentors and innovators

Study with experts like Assistant Professor Donna Badowski. Professor Badowski is the assistant director of the RN to MSN program and has 30 years of professional nursing experience with 11 years as a nurse educator. Her professional and academic interests include patient safety, teamwork skills, peer coaching, communication and simulation.

Alumni Network

You’ll become part of DePaul’s strong alumni network, including over 3,000 nursing alumni working in the Chicago area, at places like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and University of Chicago Medicine.


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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