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Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Graduate Admission

We invite you to apply to any term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Early applications are strongly encouraged. Please see the application deadline section for program-specific information.

Please review the general information and requirements detailed below prior to submitting your application.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree in nursing. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.  
     
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three professional recommendations. All recommendations must be submitted by nurses with a master's degree or higher.  If possible, at least one recommendation should be from a nursing professor. These recommendations should be one page in length, detail the reasons why the recommender thinks you would be a good fit for your program of choice, and explain why (based on experiences with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program. 

    If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less.

  • A Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program to which you have applied (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM).

    2. Discuss how completing the graduate program you have selected (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM) will help you meet your professional goals.

    3. If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, describe how you see yourself working specifically in the advanced practice Nurse Practitioner role.

  • Test Scores: The GRE is required for all applicants whose undergraduate nursing GPA is 2.69 or below or who have earned their baccalaureate degree outside the United States.
    Applicants with an undergraduate nursing GPA of 2.7 to 2.99--and meeting all other admission criteria--have the option to take the GRE or be considered for admission on strict probation. Strict probation requires students to enroll in three designated courses and to receive a minimum grade of B in each course.
     
  • Current Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois.
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
     
  • Special Note about Experience: If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, the amount and types of RN experience that you have had weighs into the admission decision. If you are applying to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, preference is given to RN clinical work experience across the lifespan. If you are applying to the FNP with Emergency Nurse Subspecialty program, recent experience as a RN in the Emergency Department is required.  All FNP with Emergency Nurse Subspecialty students are required to obtain their CEN certification prior to the start of clinical.

    If you are applying to the Adult-Gero Acute Care NP program, recent experience as a RN in the ICU is required.  All Adult-Gero Acute Care and Adult-Gero Acute Care CNS students are required to obtain CCRN certification prior to the start of clinical.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:

  • Language Test Requirement: An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program and those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
     
  • Transcript Evaluation: Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for evaluation of credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), www.ece.org, 414.289.3400

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), www.cgfns.org

    PhD candidates must submit an evaluation done by CFGNS.

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average and have the official report sent to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive the report directly. Applicants currently enrolled in a program should not request the evaluation until the last term of enrollment, or until after graduation. If an evaluation is requested prior to the last term of enrollment, the appropriate equivalency cannot be established or verified.

    For more information, please visit International Admission.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree in nursing. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
     
  • Current Illinois Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois. A license is not required for those who are not nurses and will take HSM and PICES courses.
     
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the certificate program to which you have applied.
    2. Discuss how completing the certificate program you have selected will help you meet your professional goals.
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.


For all other programs, applicants must submit:

  • A Completed Application: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree in nursing. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
     
  • Current Illinois Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois. A license is not required for those who are not nurses and will take HSM and PICES courses.
     
  • Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program to which you have applied (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM).

    2. Discuss how completing the graduate program you have selected (i.e.: the specialty track such as FNP, Adult CNS, HSM) will help you meet your professional goals.

    3. If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, describe how you see yourself working specifically in the advanced practice Nurse Practitioner role.

  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
     
  • Special Note about Experience: If you are applying to a Nurse Practitioner program, the amount and types of RN experience that you have had weighs into the admission decision. If you are applying to the FNP program, preference is given to RN clinical work experience across the lifespan. If you are applying to the FNP/ENP or ACNP/ENP program, recent experience as a RN in the Emergency Department is required.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611M
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all nursing diploma and undergraduate work. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request Loyola transcripts; we have them on record. Transcripts should show completion of a basic course in statistics and physical assessment.
     
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three professional recommendations. All recommendations must be submitted by nurses with a master's degree or higher. If possible, at least one recommendation should be from a nursing professor. These recommendations should be one page in length, detail the reasons why the recommender thinks you would be a good fit for the program, and explain why (based on experiences with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program.

    If you supply your recommenders email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less.
     
  • A Personal Statement: Your statement should be double-spaced and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Describe how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the specific graduate track to which you have applied.

    2. Discuss how completing the specific graduate track that you have selected will help you meet your professional goals and career plans.
     
  • Test Scores: The GRE is required for all applicants whose cumulative GPA earned in the associate degree or diploma nursing program is less than 3.0. Loyola's GRE school code is 1412. Applicants with a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 do not have to submit GRE scores.
     
  • Current Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current RN license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois.
  • Completion of RN-MSN RN-MSN Credit Worksheet.  Please contact Enrollment Advisor, Amy Weatherford, for transcript review of these requirements. 
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived. 
  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcripts must show an earned bachelor's degree and a graduate degree completed or in progress from an accredited master’s nursing program.. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.

    Transcripts should show a GPA of 3.25 or higher in one’s master’s nursing program.
     
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three professional recommendations. All recommendations must be submitted by nurses who hold a DNP or PhD degree.  If possible, at least one recommendation should be from a nursing professor. These recommendations should be one page in length, detail the reasons why the recommender thinks you would be a good fit for your program of choice, and explain why (based on experiences with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program. 

    If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less.
     
  • A Personal Statement: Your statement should be 1-2 double-spaced pages and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Describe your personal vision of yourself as a leader in health care; discuss how the DNP program will help you to operationalize this role.

    2. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the DNP program to which you have applied.
     
  • Test Scores: 
    BSN entry applicants: the GRE is required for all applicants whose undergraduate nursing GPA is under 3.0 or who have earned their baccalaureate degree outside of the United States. 

    Post-masters applicants: the GRE is required for all applicants whose cumulative masters GPA is below 3.25 or who have completed their degrees outside of the United States.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
     
  • Current Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois.
     
  • Interview: The DNP Admissions Committee will contact applicants to schedule an interview to discuss the applicant’s goals.
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

Before initiating the application process, please contact Dr. Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, PhD Program Director, to discuss your proposed area of research interest. Dr. Velsor-Friedrich can be reached at 773.508.2892 or bvelsor@luc.edu.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online.  You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcripts must show an earned bachelor's degree and a graduate degree completed or in progress from an accredited master’s nursing program.. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
     
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less. Recommendations must come from nurses who hold PhD degrees. They may be academic or professional in nature.
     
  • A Personal Statement: Your statement should address your interest in entering Loyola’s program, including a summary of academic and research interest, professional goals, and potential faculty mentors.
     
  • Test Scores: The GRE is required for all applicants. For more information, visit www.gre.org.
     
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
     
  • Current Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois.
     
  • Research or Scholarly References Paper
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail.  If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

DNP, MSN, Certificate, and Post-Master’s Certificate application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall June 1 Late August
Fall May 1 (DNP) Late August
Spring November 15 Mid-January
Summer March 15 Late May

PhD application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall July Late August

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyola

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Undergraduate Programs: 1032 West Sheridan Road, BVM Hall, 8th Floor, Room 800, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.3249

Graduate Programs: Medical Center Campus · 2160 South First Avenue, Building 125-4500, Maywood, IL 60153 · 708.216.9101

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