Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


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 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.org312-421-9300

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

    PhD candidates must submit an evaluation done by CGFNS.

    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.

  • 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 1200
    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 from an accredited 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 previous nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two 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 two 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.
  • 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 Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Special Note about Experience: 

    If you are applying to a DNP Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist track, 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 with Emergency subspecialty track, preference is given to Emergency Department RN clinical work experience. All Family NP ER students are required to obtain CEN certification prior to the start of clinical.

    If you are applying to the Adult Gerontology CNS with Oncology subspecialty track or the Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP with Oncology subspecialty track, preference is given to Oncology RN experience.

    If you are applying to the Psychiatric Mental Health NP track with a focus on Substance Use and Addictive Disorders, preference is given to applicants with relevant RN experience.
  • 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.


TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall August 1  Late August
Spring November 15 Mid-January


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.