Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


The DNP program starts in the Fall term, however you are invited to apply at any time (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Please review the general information, the program-specific information, and the deadlines  prior to submitting your application.

submit an application online

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 or a U.S. master's 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.

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 1200
    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. However, if GPA is 3.25 or greater from previously completed programs, the GRE may be waived.  For more information, visit www.gre.org.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Current Nursing License: Students must hold a current license from a U.S. state. International students must hold the equivalence of a license from their country.
  • 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.

PhD application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall May 1 Late August

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.