Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


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: You may submit your application form online
  • 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.  Please Note: Recommenders MUST include their academic credentials in the signature line of any letters of recommendation provided.

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 1200
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.

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): A minimum undergraduate nursing GPA of 3.0 is required, and while we do consider all applications, a GPA below a 3.0 may be grounds for a decline or admittance under 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.
  • 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 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) program or the Adult-Gero Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program, recent experience as a RN in the ICU is required.  All Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care CNS students are required to obtain CCRN certification prior to the start of clinical.

    Clinical Experience Requirement

    2,000 hours of recent clinical nursing experience is required prior to beginning the first practicum in the nursing track to which you are applying.

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), Educational Perspectives (EP) 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 in nursing degree or a U.S. master's in nursing degree, contingent upon application requirements, to be considered for admission.

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

    Educational Perspectives, www.edperspective.org, 312-421-9300

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

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average and have the official report sent to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 1200
    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.

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

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall June 1 Late August
Fall August 1 (Nursing Healthcare Administration) 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 March 1 Late August

Background Check

While not required for admission, you’ll also need to complete a criminal background check before you can begin your clinical practicums. Please be aware the results of your background check may impact our ability to place you in a clinical setting.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.