Spring Enrollment Only
The graduate entry program only admits students once a year, to enroll in January. The online application becomes available each year starting early January for the following January cohort.
Application Deadline: March 1st
All materials including supplemental application, application fee, GRE scores, official transcripts, and electronic letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline. In order to give you and your recommenders enough time to complete the
components of the nursing supplemental application, it is strongly recommended that you apply well in advance of the deadline.
Application Checklist: Checklist
A complete application includes all of the following:
1. UIC Graduate College Application: APPLY NOW
The online application becomes available in early January. Applications are accepted online. Enter a valid e-mail address on your application. Communication with applicants will be done through email. A nonrefundable $60 application fee is required to submit your application.
When filling out your application:
Select application type: Graduate
Select admission term: Spring
Select Planned Course of Study: MS Nursing-Chicago**
Select Concentration: Choose a Specialty
Do not apply for the Fall term. Graduate Entry Program applicants are only considered for the Spring Term. The option to select Spring on the online application becomes available in early January.
2. Official Transcripts
We require applicants to upload a PDF (20 MB maximum) of your transcript to your UIC Graduate Application. You should prepare a separate PDF file for every college or university transcript that you attended. After you submit your UIC Graduate Application, you will receive an email within 1
to 7 business days notifying you that you may upload your transcripts under institutional requirements. If you have any question regarding transcripts or the uploading process please call the UIC admission office at 312-996-4350. Click here for detailed directions. Check the status of your transcripts by clicking here.
Current and former UIC graduate students do not need to submit UIC transcripts. Students who have only completed undergraduate coursework at UIC must submit a UIC transcript.
After admission notification are sent, admitted students will be required to send an official copy of thier transcripts to the admission office.
3. Nursing Supplemental Application:
Within 10 business days of submitting your UIC Graduate Application, you will receive an e-mail from email@example.com with a personalized link to your Nursing Supplemental Application. Do not delete this e-mail. Be sure to check your "spam" and "junk" folders if the e-mail link hasn't arrived in your primary inbox. If you have not received the email after 10 day please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the supplemental application you will submit your essay questions, resume, pre-requisite course self evaluation, and the email addresses of your three recommenders. In preparation for completing the supplemental application, you can update your resume, review these tips and begin working on the following questions:
3A. Essay Questions:
1. Goal Statement (600 words)
In essay format, please address the following items:
--Purpose in applying for graduate study
--Choice of specialty, with particular focus within if applicable
--Your future professional plans
--Describe what you have done to develop a realistic picture of the practice role you have chosen
--Any additional information that may be useful in evaluating you for graduate study, such as working with underserved populations
2. In essay format, please address any experiences you have had being a leader.
3. Have you had any health related work or volunteer experience? If yes, describe your experiences.
4. Have you ever attended a school/college of nursing? If yes, when and where?
5.List other volunteer or community/public service activities.
3B. Three Electronic Recommendations:
In the supplemental application you will input the email addresses of your recommenders. After you press submit on your supplemental application, your recommenders will receive an email from email@example.com with a link to complete an electronic letter of recommendation form. View a sample recommendation form. Use this sample only as a guide and do not mail it in. Your recommenders will complete the official recommendation via the emailed personalized link. Hard copies will not be accepted. Please note, recommenders cannot attach a letter of recommendation. For additional information, they should use the "additional comments" field on the form. Recommendations should come from those who can speak to your professional and scholastic abilities. It is preferred to have letters of recommendation from those with a doctoral degree. You can check the status of your recommendation letters by clicking on the link to your supplemental application link. Electronic recommendations from previous application cycles are not retained. New electronic recommendation must be submitted for each admissions cycle.
3C. Current Resume:
You will be able to cut and paste your resume into the Nursing Supplemental Application. Do not mail in your resume.
3D. Prerequisite Self-Evaluation:
You will be able to complete the pre-requiste self evaluation form online using the Nursing Supplemental Application. This form is to be used as a guide only. Do not mail this document in.
4. Official Test Scores:
Official test scores (GRE,TOEFL) must be sent directly to UIC from the Educational Testing Service (UIC Institution Code: 1851, Department Code: 0610). GRE scores must be taken within five years of the term that you are applying for. Scores older than five years will not be accepted and the GRE exam must be retaken. Official test scores must be received by the March 1st deadline. You should plan to take the GRE no later than the beginning of February to submit the official scores in time. Applications that do not have official GRE scores by March 1st will not be considered.
5. International Applicants only:
Visit the Office of Admissions and Records' International Admission Requirements website for further details about the information below.
TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is other than English with a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based). For the TOEFL ibt scores, the minimums are Writing-21, Speaking-20, Listening-17, Reading-19 and total score-80. Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid. For the official IELTS, a minimum total score of 6.5 is required, with sub-section minimums of Listening-6, Writing-6, Reading-6 and Speaking-6. (UIC TOEFL TEST CODE: 1851)
For postsecondary coursework completed at an institution outside the United States we require credentials to be:
-Attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all undergraduate work in the original language.
-Attested/university issued transcripts or marksheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language (if applicable).
Proof of all degrees awarded. Attested degree certificates or diplomas should be submitted.
-Certified English translations of all credentials
Upon being recommended for admission, evidence of financial support for the first year is also required.
6. Interview with Faculty:
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. Applicants must be available to meet with faculty on the interview dates listed below.
7. Scholarship application: (optional)
GEP students are not eligible for the College of Nursing scholarship awards during their first semester at UIC. However, the scholarship application will be available in January at the beginning of the GEP program. GEP students are encouraged to apply for scholarships at that time. The scholarships will be awarded during the second summer semester and the following fall and spring semesters. Additionally, we encourage applicants to look for external scholarship.
Check Your Application Status
Check the status of your transcripts here. The real time status of the electronic recommendations can be checked by refering to the supplemental application email and clicking on the personalized link. If you are having difficulty finding the e-mail, search for “firstname.lastname@example.org” as the sender.
|Application becomes available
|Interviews (varies by specialty)
|Final decisions notifications
|Enrollment (classes begin)
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:
email@example.com or 312.996.7624
Julie Kim, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
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