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The application process for our RN-to-MSN program is simple. You can apply at any time for an upcoming open term, if the deadline has not passed. Review the general information and requirements detailed below prior to submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

TermApplication Deadline
Fall July 1 
Spring December 1
  1. Application Form

    You may submit your application online.

  2. Official transcripts

    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate work. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable. If you have attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request transcripts. 

  3. A Personal Statement

    Please double-space your statement and respond to the following prompts:
    - Explain your rationale for choosing to pursue an MSN.
    - Why is Loyola's MSN program a good fit with your interests?
    - How has your previous work experience and professional interests prepared you to be successful in the Loyola MSN program?
    - Describe how your future goals align with earning and MSN degree.  

  4. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    A minimum undergraduate nursing GPA of 2.5 on a four-point scale is required. While we do consider all applications, a GPA below 2.5 may be reason to decline an application or provide acceptance under strict probation.
  5. Current curriculum vitae or resume
  6. Check the State Authorization Information
  7. Current Nursing License
    Students, including international students, must hold an active RN license from a U.S. state.
  1. Transcript evaluation. You must submit an official transcript evaluation for all postsecondary schooling outside of the U.S. (except study abroad coursework), regardless of the language of the instruction or transcript. We accept evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectivesor the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. 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. 

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average and send the have the official report to: 

    Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management 
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 1200 
    Chicago, IL 60611 

    We must receive the report directly from the evaluating organization. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents. Applicants enrolled in a program should request the evaluation during the last term of enrollment or after graduation. 

    For more information, please visit International Admission

  2. English language test requirement. An official TOEFLIELTS, or PTE 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 is required. We must receive test scores directly from the testing service; copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents. 

    This language test requirement is waived for individuals who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program or 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 the countries listed on the International Student Requirements page

    Programs may offer a waiver for the language requirement under certain conditions. Contact the program director or enrollment advisor for more information.
  3. Background Check. While not required for admission, you need to complete a criminal background check before you can begin your clinical practicums. The results of your background check may impact our ability to place you in a clinical practicum.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management at 312.915.7900 or gpem@luc.edu.