- Do I need to have completed any special course work or degree to apply to your programs?
Students applying to the MSN program must have earned a BSN degree in Nursing and hold a current nursing license. A basic course in statistics and physical assessment are required on admission to the MSN program.
- Are there any RN clinical practice requirements that I need to consider when applying to the program?
Yes. You must provide verification from supervisor that you have completed 2,000 clinical hours as a RN within your specialty area within the last 3 years, prior to beginning an advanced practice clinical course.
- When and where are classes offered?
Classes are offered both in the classroom and online settings. Face-to-face classes are held in the evening, at the Loyola University Health Systems (LUHS) campus.
- May I visit Loyola?
You are welcome to visit any of Loyola’s three campuses; MSN courses are offered at the Loyola University Health Systems (LUHS) campus in Maywood, IL.
- Are your programs accredited?
The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, ensuring the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
- Do I have to complete my application form all at once?
By applying online, you can save your information and log in later with a username and password. Once all sections are complete, click "Submit" and the application will be immediately sent to the processing office. You also may return to the application after submission to upload additional documents.
May I apply to more than one program on one application? For each application you submit, you must choose a program to which to apply. If you are interested in applying to more than one program, you may be required to submit more than one application. You should contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management at 312.915.8951 for more information.
- Should I list all schools I attended on the application?
When listing the institutions that you have previously attended, you must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit that is considered academic fraud. If you audited a class or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution.
- If I have had a change of name do I need to share this on the application?
Yes. If you were known by a different name at some point, note that name in the appropriate place on the application.
- In addition to my undergraduate institution, I took classes for credit at another institution. Do I need to list that institution on my application?
You must list all institutions you have attended where you took courses for credit. If you audited a class, or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution on your application. If you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit, that is considered academic fraud. Please be thorough and accurate when listing institutions.
- Is there a specific format required for the letter of recommendation?
Applicants submit three professional references. All references must be from nurses with a master's degree or higher. If possible, at least one reference should be from a nursing professor.
These references should be one page in length, detail the reasons why the recommender thinks you would be a good fit for your program of choice, and explain why (based on experiences shared with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program.
- Is there a specific format required for the personal statement?
In your personal statement, you must describe how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program to which you have applied. You also must discuss how completing the graduate program you have selected will help you meet your professional goals. We prefer that you follow the length guidelines, which is 1-2 double-spaced pages.
- Do I have to submit all application materials at once?
You may submit your application materials all at once or piece by piece. When we receive documents, each piece is scanned into your electronic file so they are easy to track. Supporting materials may be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue, suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
- What are the tuition costs?
Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar Web site.
- What types of financial assistance are available?
The School of Nursing offers a number of opportunities for financial assistance. Get information on our Tuition and Financial Assistance page and also visit the Financial Aid Office.
- How can I learn more about the financial aid process?
We recommend that you visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.