The RN to MSN program

Nurses who have graduated from a diploma program or earned an associate degree in nursing may pursue advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN). RN to MSN students must complete all undergraduate BSN requirements prior to initiating the graduate level courses. This post-licensure program allows students to earn their BSN on the way to the MSN.

The RN to MSN program has two components. The first component consists of seven undergraduate level classes that lead to the BSN. Once completed and with a 3.00 cumulative GPA, the student may matriculate into the graduate program of their choice (the second component). The program is offered in the hybrid format, featuring both in-class and online components, which offers students the flexibility to go to class and still maintain their work hours. The entire program will typically take about four academic years to complete. (You may view further details on this program on the Academics page, as well as through an electronic view book.)

As an upper-division transfer school, nurses will need to transfer in approximately 99 undergraduate semester credits to ResU in areas such as General Education, Pre-Nursing Support, and Nursing. We highly recommend completing a transcript evaluation in order to understand the classes that would transfer and the classes still needed. I need a transcript evaluation.

RN to MSN admissions criteria

• Must be a graduate of a NLNAC accredited IDFPR approved nursing program
• Must hold a current and unencumbered Illinois nursing license
• A cumulative, undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
• A cumulative science grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale (calculated from Chemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
• A cumulative nursing grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

RN to 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 current resume or curriculum vitae


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

Star Terms and Application Deadlines

The RN to MSN program starts in the Fall and Spring semesters each year.
• Fall application deadline is July 15th
• Spring application deadline is November 15th