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Admission Requirements for Nursing (M.S.)

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Illinois
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • A minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA for the last 60 hours of the bachelor's degree program
  • A written goal statement
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • Approval of the Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
  • At least 2,000 hours of clinical practice experience in a specialty area within the three years prior to admission (Nursing Education students only)

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for admission in the nursing graduate programs and will not considered by the Admissions Committee.

The admission criteria are listed in the current graduate catalog along with guidelines for writing the professional goal statement and selecting your three professional references.

Submit applications electronically to the NIU Graduate School. You can check the status and completeness of your application at MyNIU. Contact the Graduate School about any discrepancies between what you submitted and what is stated on MyNIU.

Admission decisions are usually made within two months of the application deadline.

Once admitted, complete any additional non-academic requirements such as a criminal background check and a chain of custody drug screen. Failure to meet the clinical requirements may prohibit you from completing the required nursing courses and/or program. Review the clinical requirements for more details.

For additional information please contact the director of nursing graduate studies at 815-753-2163.

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School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115