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We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Nursing. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • Transcripts - Because we are a full-disclosure program, transcripts from each university or college ever attended are required even if you did not complete a degree at that college or transferred courses into another college.
  • GRE Test - (Not Required)
  • English Proficiency - (Also refer to Additional International Applicant Requirements below)
  • Recommendation letters - Enter the email address of your reference directly and the application will send out the appropriate form for completion.
  • Statement of Purpose - Submit a statement of 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking graduate study, your professional plans, career goals related to your chosen area of concentration, scholarly interests, and describe your plans to alter your professional and personal obligations during your time in the graduate program. 
  • Resume and RN License Information:  Upload a current resume or curriculum vitae including your RN license number(s) and state(s) of licensure.
  • Criminal Background Check - This is no longer a pre-admission requirement. Applicants who are offered admission will receive instructions for accessing the program approved company to complete as a condition of continued enrollment.

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall  Spring  Summer
U.S. Citizen January 15 September 1 NA
International January 15 September 1 NA
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Name: Heather M. Cook, M.A.
Graduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (219) 989-2815

College of Nursing Graduate Program
Purdue University Northwest 
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Attention:  Heather M. Cook, M.A.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Current U.S. RN license
  • Physical Assessment course or equivalent

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100 
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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