The following criteria must be met for admission to the
master's, master's transition and post-master's programs:
1. Baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing
from a CCNE or NLN accredited program OR a baccalaureate degree
from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing
plus an RN license. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in
another field must complete transitional courses at the beginning of their program.
2. Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00. GPA is computed on the last 60
semester (90 quarter) hours of the first baccalaureate degree.
3. License to practice as a professional nurse in at least one
political jurisdiction. Although an Illinois license is not required for admission many specialties do require an Illinois license to facilitate clinical placements.
4. Introductory courses in statistics and in research or their
equivalent to be completed prior to starting the MS program. (Most applicants will have met this requirement with their BSN program)
5. GRE (Graduate Record Examination)General Test Scores. The GRE is (automatically) waived for applicants with a 3.25/4.00 cumulative GPA in their most recently completed (baccalaureate or graduate) degree. Applicants with less than a 3.25/4.00 in their most recent degree are required to submit official GRE scores by the application deadline.
- The GRE is never required for Post-Master's Certificate (non-degree) applicants.
- There is no formal request or application for the GRE waiver. Applicants who do not have a 3.25/4.00 GPA from their most recently completed degree should plan to submit GRE scores.
- The cumulative GPA is based on all course work completed for the most recently completed degree and will not be recalculated (see official transcript for final GPA). Courses completed after the most recent awarded degree cannot be used toward qualifying for the GRE waiver.
- No preference will be given during the application review process to applicants who qualify for the GRE waiver and have submitted (or plan to submit) GRE scores.
- Applicants to the
MS/MBA joint-degree program are required to take the GMAT. Only applicants to the MS/MBA who do not qualify for the Nursing GRE waiver may submit GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE
Please visit www.gre.org for more information on the GRE exam. Interested in taking a GRE prep course? The following organizations offer courses on the UIC campus: Kaplan GRE Prep Course and Getter Better Scores, Inc.
6. Work experience: Although there are no formal work requirements in order to apply for the MS program, relevant work experience does make a stronger application.
7. Interview with a graduate faculty member in the selected
specialty area. Qualified applicants will be contacted by faculty to set up an interview time. Not all applicants will be chosen for interview.
Requirements upon Admission
Students are required to provide documentation of immunizations, background check results, drug screens, HIPAA training, CPR certification, and current nursing license. Please see http://www.uic.edu/nursing/students/compliance.shtml for specific requirements for each program. All information must be submitted before students are allowed to register for courses
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. (For more information on TOEFL requirements please visit the Office of Admissions and Records website)
For postsecondary coursework completed at an institution outside the United States, applicants must request a Full Education Course-by-Course Report evaluation of foreign credit from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
For licenses in a political jurisdiction other than one of the United States, applicants must also request the Validation of Registration/License Report from CGFNS. Contact CGFNS: 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-2651, 215.222.8454, www.cgfns.org, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon being recommended for admission, evidence of financial support for the first year is also required.
Visit the Office of Admissions and Records' International Admission Requirements website for further details about the information above.
Students applying to the MS in Nursing/MBA, MS in Nursing/MPH or MS in Nursing/MS in Health Informatics joint degree programs need to meet the admission criteria for each program. We are able to share information (i.e. letters or recommendation, test scores, etc.) but a formal application must be submitted to both colleges for consideration. Further information on admission to the other programs can be found here:
MS & Post MS: Next Steps