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Getting Started

Each Purdue University Northwest degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admissions guidelines below for the MSN program. For specific questions or more details, view our admissions FAQs or access the MSN Student Handbook.

PNW Online MSN Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Only applicants from Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin, or Purdue Northwest alumni are authorized to enroll in the online MSN program.

Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing (conditional admittance may be available under 3.0 GPA but higher than a 2.5 GPA with holistic review)
  • Current U.S. RN (registered nurse) licensure
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores

Review our guides for nursing in Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin.

Admissions Documents

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Letters of recommendation: three professional/academic recommendations using the University's online recommendation system
  • Statement of purpose: 300–500 words describing the purpose of graduate study, professional plans and career goals related to concentration
  • Copy of current U.S. RN license
  • Resume with RN license information included (state and license number)

Other Requirements

(The following are not conditions for acceptance):

  • Introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for Research course
  • Background check: this is a progression requirement that should be completed no more than 4 months before the practicum

Transfer Credit and Transcripts

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 semester hours may be used as transfer credit from another university. Courses must fulfill curriculum requirements; must have been taken at a university with a national nursing accreditation; and must have a grade of the equivalent of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or higher. All specialty and advanced core courses, including NUR 51000 - Research and Evidence-Based Nursing, must be taken at PNW. A request for an exception to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other core courses will be evaluated for equivalency and transferability. You must submit the syllabi for all courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit by the application deadline date.

Transfer credits are dependent upon program approval.


To enroll as well as to apply for transfer credit, you will need to request your official transcripts be sent to PNW. We accept electronic transcripts so long as they are sent to us directly by your respective college and/or university.

Send electronic transcripts to:

The Graduate Studies Office at

Send hard copies of transcripts to:

Purdue University Northwest
Graduate Studies Office
C.H. Lawshe Hall, Room 242
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Upcoming Start Dates

Calendar and Enrollment Deadlines

May 2, 2022
Start Date

Application Deadline: 4/11/2022

Documents Deadline: 4/15/2022

Registration Deadline: 4/25/2022

Tuition Deadline: 4/29/2022, 1:00pm CST

August 22, 2022
Start Date

Application Deadline: 8/1/2022

Documents Deadline: 8/5/2022

Registration Deadline: 8/15/2022

Tuition Deadline: 8/19/2022, 1:00pm CST

MSN Admissions FAQs