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How to Apply

Getting Started

Create an account with our online admissions system today. This will allow you to complete an application for graduate programs in the School of Nursing—or start one and save your progress if you need to finish it later. You’ll use this application for master’s degree and post-master’s certificate programs. (We have a different application and information for RNs desiring to complete their bachelor's degrees—check it out.)

(You can also request more information about our programs if you're not quite ready to apply.)

Applications to master’s and post-master’s programs are accepted for students wishing to start in fall, spring, and summer terms each year. There are specific application deadlines for each application cycle, typically early August for fall enrollment, early December for spring enrollment, and early May for summer enrollment.

Current graduate and post-graduate application deadlines:

  • April 15, 2014: Deadline for students wishing to enroll in Summer 2014; summer classes begin May 12
  • August 6: Deadline for students wishing to enroll in Fall 2014; fall classes begin August 25
  • December 3: Deadline for students wishing to enroll in Spring 2015; spring classes begin January 12

Admission Requirements

You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the program in which you wish to enroll. You should review the full details of the requirements listed below, which include specific details for master’s degrees and post-master’s certificate candidates.

Along with our convenient online, no-fee application, you’ll need:

  1. A nursing degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  2. RN license, with a minimum of 2 years’ work as an RN
  3. Proof of current liability insurance
  4. An electronic copy of your current resume
  5. Contact information for two individuals who can provide recommendations assessing your professional qualifications, preferably supervisors
  6. Responses to an essay prompt on the application form (Learn more)
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, sent directly to North Park University:

North Park University Admissions
3225 W Foster Ave, Box 19
Chicago IL 60625

Foreign Transcripts

If you have completed coursework outside of the United States, you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Their official transcript evaluation, done in a course-by-course format, should be sent to North Park University at the address above.

International Applicants

Due to state licensing requirements and federal restrictions that prevent international students (F1 Visa-holders) from working at clinical sites, the School of Nursing is not able to accept applications to graduate and postgraduate programs from international students.

Process

Using our online application, you can begin the process whenever you’re ready, and then return to the same application to submit additional information as needed to meet all the requirements for your master’s or post-master’s nursing program.

Once all of the required information is received by North Park University, you’ll receive further details on the status of your application from Viviana Belisle in the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you’re admitted, you’ll receive information about the registration process, as well.

Admission decisions are typically made within two weeks of receiving all the necessary details, though every application is evaluated individually. You may be asked to complete an interview with admissions representatives and faculty from the School of Nursing before a decision is made.

How To Apply