Graduate and Adult Admissions

Graduate Nursing Admission Requirements

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires all candidates for master’s degrees and post-master’s certificates to meet educational and experiential requirements that demonstrate the preparation to complete an advanced nursing program.

Applications for candidates that meet the qualifications below must be received by specific deadlines, depending on if you wish to start classes in the fall, spring or summer semesters.


Fall semester starts August 26, 2019.

Spring semester starts January 13, 2020.


Nursing Degree

  • Candidates for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree program must hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in nursing (you may also apply to this program if you are an RN with a BA or BS in a field other than nursing*).
  • Candidates for the post-master’s certificate programs must hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) or master of science (MS) degree with a major in nursing
  • Nursing degrees should be from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE)

*NOTE: If you are an RN with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing you may apply for the MSN Pathway program in any of the specializations offered at the graduate level (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Leadership and Management). If interested in completing a BSN degree, candidates may transfer credits from their BA/BS toward North Park’s RN-to-BSN degree-completion program.

Contact Viviana Belisle in the Graduate Admissions Office for more details on the MSN Pathway Program.


  1. Official Transcripts from all previous schools should be sent directly to:
    North Park University Admissions
    3225 W Foster Ave, Box 19
    Chicago IL 60625

    • North Park Alumni do not need to request transcripts, unless the candidate completed college credits at other schools that were transferred to their BSN or MSN degree.
    • 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). A course-by-course evaluation report should be sent to North Park University at the address above.
  2. Resume — Upload an electronic copy of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) to your online application.
  3. Personal Statement — Submit an essay (minimum 300 words) that communicates your personal and professional goals in nursing, how earning a graduate education will help you achieve those goals and why you have chosen North Park University to pursue your graduate education.
  4. Recommendations –  Request two (2) recommendations from nursing supervisors using the same online system. Enter their names and email addresses and they will receive a system-generated e-mail with the recommendation request.  Coworkers, family members, and friends cannot complete these recommendations.

Additional Requirements and Admission Criteria

Coursework and GPA

  • You must have completed coursework in statistics, nursing research, and health assessment as part of your undergraduate nursing degree.
  • In general, all candidates for the MSN degree program must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree.
    • For scholarship purposes, minimum 3.3 true cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all credits transferred to and earned from the final degree-granting school.
  • Applicants to the post-master’s certificate programs must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree.
  • All candidates for graduate and post-graduate nursing programs need a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate science courses.

Professional Nursing Experience — Candidates for the MSN degree and for Post-MSN certificates must have a minimum of two years’ work experience as an RN prior to their first practicum in the program.

Interview — You may be asked to complete an interview with the graduate admissions committee prior to admission. This committee includes admissions representatives and members of the School of Nursing faculty.

Liability Insurance — You will be required to provide proof of liability insurance coverage prior to beginning any clinical courses in your program at North Park.

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 and Health Sciences is not able to accept applications to graduate and postgraduate programs from international students.

Learn More About Nursing Education in Illinois

For detailed information on state-approved nursing education programs at all levels, visit the Illinois Center for Nursing. Here, you will also find detailed information on licensing and certification requirements for all levels of nursing.