Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Graduate FAQs

Students applying to the MSN* program must have earned a BSN degree in Nursing and hold a current nursing license.

*Note: RN-MSN applicants are not required to have earned a BSN degree.

Yes. You must provide verification from supervisor that you have completed 2,000 clinical hours as a RN within your specialty area within the last 3 years, prior to beginning an advanced practice clinical course.

Classes are offered both in the classroom and online settings. Face-to-face classes are held in the evening, at the Loyola University Health Systems (LUHS) campus.

You are welcome to visit any of Loyola’s three campuses; MSN courses are offered at the Health Sciences Division campus in Maywood, IL.

The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

By applying online, you can save your information and log in later with a username and password. Once all sections are complete, click "Submit" and the application will be immediately sent to the processing office. You also may return to the application after submission to upload additional documents.

For each application you submit, you must choose a program to which to apply. If you are interested in applying to more than one program, you may be required to submit more than one application. You should contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management at 312.915.8951 for more information.

Students may request to have nine credits from an outside accredited university to be applied to the MSN degree prior to matriculation. Additional transfer credits may be granted with the discretion of the student’s Program Director and the Associate Dean of the Graduate programs.

When listing the institutions that you have previously attended, you must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit that is considered academic fraud. If you audited a class or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution.

You must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit. If you audited a class, or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution on your application. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit, that is considered academic fraud. Please be thorough and accurate when listing institutions.

Yes. If you were known by a different name at some point, note that name in the appropriate place on the application.

Applicants submit three professional references. All references must be from nurses with a master's degree or higher. If possible, at least one reference should be from a nursing professor.

These references 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 shared with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program.

In your personal statement, you must describe how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program to which you have applied. You also must discuss how completing the graduate program you have selected will help you meet your professional goals. We prefer that you follow the length guidelines, which is 1-2 double-spaced pages.

You may submit your application materials all at once or piece by piece. When we receive documents, each piece is scanned into your electronic file so they are easy to track. Supporting materials may be sent to:

Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue, suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611  

Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar website.

The School of Nursing offers a number of opportunities for financial assistance. Get information on our Tuition and Financial Assistance page and also visit the Financial Aid Office.