Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) General Admission Criteria

Resurrection University offers several options in graduate nursing education for the bachelor-prepared nurse who is seeking advanced levels of nursing. Our programs allow graduates to excel in areas such as Advanced Nursing Practice, Education, Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration.

Our MSN program allows for cutting-edge classroom and clinical experiences. The hybrid and weekend (for Health Systems Leadership only) learning formats allow students the flexibility to maintain their work hours while they are in school. Our programs range from 37 to 48 semester hours, and may be completed in roughly three academic years or 6 or 8 semesters.

ResU assists all MSN students with clinical placements. 

Nurse Practitioner Program

The Nurse Practitioner program (MSN-NP) comes in two variants: The Adult Gerontology NP and The Family Health NP. Both programs are 48 semester hours in length, and may be completed in eight semesters or about three academic years. The program is offered in the hybrid format, which features both in-class and online components. The NP program starts in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Learn more about the Nurse Practitioner program.

Nurse Educator Program

The Nurse Educator (MSN-NE) puts you in position to teach, mentor, and inspire future nurses. The program is 40 semester hours in length and is also offered in the hybrid format. Typically, students may complete the program in eight semesters or about three academic years. The MSN-NE starts once a year in the Fall semester. Learn more about the Nurse Educator program.

MSN Admission Criteria

  • Must have a BSN from regionally-accredited institution and an AACN accredited nursing program
  • Illinois RN license must be current and unencumbered
  • A cumulative undergraduate college grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for all undergraduate nursing classes

We want you to succeed, and will honor your past achievements. Everyone’s journey is different, but we’re here to help you reach your destination in a way that works best for you. Using a holistic approach, ResU works with you by offering personalized, individualized plans that take into account your educational background, as well as your work experience and life experience.

MSN Application Requirements

  • Submit an online application and fee ($50 nonrefundable)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit a two-page personal statement detailing the reasons you wish to pursue the degree and how you feel the degree will enhance your career
  • Submit a copy of your current Illinois Nursing License
  • Submit a copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae

This section was designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about the MSN program.

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Start Terms and Application Deadlines

The MSN programs start in the Fall and in the Spring depending on the specific MSN concentration. (Please view the individual programs to see specific start times.)

  • Fall application deadline is July 15th or until all seats are filled
  • Spring application deadline is November 15th or until all seats are filled