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Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Admission

We invite you to apply to any term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Early applications are strongly encouraged. Please see the application deadline section for program-specific information.

Please review the general information and requirements detailed below prior to submitting your application.

Applicants may be required to submit additional materials:

  • Language Test Requirement: An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program and those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
     
  • Transcript Evaluation: Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for evaluation of credentials. The evaluation report must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), www.ece.org, 414.289.3400

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), www.cgfns.org

    PhD candidates must submit an evaluation done by CFGNS.

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average and have the official report sent to:
    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive the report directly. Applicants currently enrolled in a program should not request the evaluation until the last term of enrollment, or until after graduation. If an evaluation is requested prior to the last term of enrollment, the appropriate equivalency cannot be established or verified.

    For more information, please visit International Admission.

  • A Completed Application Form: We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
     
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcripts must show an earned bachelor's degree and a graduate degree completed or in progress from an accredited master’s nursing program.. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.

    Transcripts should show a GPA of 3.25 or higher in one’s master’s nursing program.
     
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three professional recommendations. All recommendations must be submitted by nurses who hold a DNP or PhD degree.  If possible, at least one recommendation should be from a nursing professor. These recommendations 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 with you) the recommender believes you will be successful in a graduate nursing program. 

    If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less.
     
  • A Personal Statement: Your statement should be 1-2 double-spaced pages and should respond to the following topics:

    1. Describe your personal vision of yourself as a leader in health care; discuss how the DNP program will help you to operationalize this role.

    2. Provide a statement describing how your work experiences and professional interests have prepared you to be successful in the DNP program to which you have applied.
     
  • Test Scores: 
    BSN entry applicants: the GRE is required for all applicants whose undergraduate nursing GPA is under 3.0 or who have earned their baccalaureate degree outside of the United States. 

    Post-masters applicants: the GRE is required for all applicants whose cumulative masters GPA is below 3.25 or who have completed their degrees outside of the United States.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
     
  • Current Nursing License: Students, including international students, must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Illinois.
     
  • Interview: The DNP Admissions Committee will contact applicants to schedule an interview to discuss the applicant’s goals.
     
  • Application Fee: A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

DNP, MSN, Certificate, and Post-Master’s Certificate application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall June 1 Late August
Fall May 1 (DNP) Late August
Spring November 15 Mid-January
Summer I  March 15 Mid-May

PhD application deadlines:

TermApplication DeadlineTerm Starts
Fall May 1 Late August

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Loyola

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Undergraduate Programs: 1032 West Sheridan Road, BVM Hall, 8th Floor, Room 800, Chicago, IL 60660 · 773.508.3249

Graduate Programs: Medical Center Campus · 2160 South First Avenue, Building 125-4500, Maywood, IL 60153 · 708.216.9101

Health Sciences Division: Loyola University Chicago, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153 · http://www.LUC.edu/hsd

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