M.S. in Nursing



M.S. in Nursing

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Admission Requirements

Applicants who are registered nurses with a bachelor's degree outside nursing should contact the School for Professional Studies at sps@elmhurst.edu for information on the RN–MSN option.

To apply for admission, please submit: 

  • An application for admission for graduate study (apply online, download an application (pdf) or request by e-mail).
  • Official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended; applicants for the M.S.N program must hold a  bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Successful completion of undergraduate/college-level courses in nursing research and statistics (statistics within the past  five years or must demonstrate competency)
  • Current R.N. licensure in Illinois. Students are expected to be employed as a licensed Registered Professional Nurse in the U.S. International students must be eligible to obtain and maintain valid employment authorization from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following admission.
  • Recommendations from three people who can attest to the applicant’s professional and clinical nursing performance
  • Goal statement: a one- to two-page essay describing personal and professional goals and how graduate nursing study at  Elmhurst College will enable achievement of those goals
  • A current résumé documenting the applicant’s work history, including levels of responsibility, areas of professional growth,  and prior professional educational experiences.
  • Interview: an interview with the director of the graduate nursing program or designated graduate program faculty.
  • College-level oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy (MS WORD, email, Internet skills).

Conditional, provisional, and non-degree admission to graduate study in nursing are stated in the Student Handbook for the  Master of Science in Nursing program.

The preferred application completion deadlines for the master of science in nursing and the RN to MSN Option are June 1 for fall term and January 1 for spring term.

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