Master of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

We are not currently accepting new applications for this program. Please contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at 630-947-8955 for additional information.

Admission Process

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission
  2. Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from your BSN degree granting institution. If you have not earned a BSN degree and are applying for the MSN Bridge option, please submit transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) for all prior college and/or university credit. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at
  3. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution with an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Undergraduate curriculum must include three semester hours in statistics, research and physical assessment
  4. Have a current RN license to practice in the state of Illinois or Wisconsin
  5. Submit a curriculum vitae or detailed resume.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional or academic abilities
  7. Submit a 750-1,000 word essay describing why you wish to pursue a graduate nursing degree, addressing the six questions below: 
  • What most interests you about pursuing an MSN at Aurora University?
  • What are your professional goals five years after you obtain your MSN? Reflect upon the things that are most important for you to achieve.
  • Explain what it means to demonstrate professionalism in nursing and how your value system and work ethic express your professionalism in your work everyday.
  • How have your clinical and educational experiences shaped who you are as a nurse?
  • How do you believe obtaining an MSN will affect your professional expectations of yourself and others?
  • Why do you think you are ready to pursue graduate education at this time?

Applicants will be interviewed by the School of Nursing MSN Coordinator when all admission materials are received. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by Aurora University in writing.

After admission to the MSN program, students will need to provide documentation to the School of Nursing for current CPR certification, health physical, and proof of immunizations, criminal background check, drug screen, and health insurance.

Transfer Credit
At the discretion of the School of Nursing, a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution. Credit must be transferred in prior to enrollment in the MSN program.