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How to Apply

Applications to the College of Nursing’s graduate programs are made online through the Graduate School at Penn State. Follow the instructions below for details.

Specific Program Application Processes/Details

The application process varies slightly according to the degree being sought. Select the program of interest below for details on application procedures. You may also visit the College of Nursing How to Apply page for instructions.

Graduate School Application Process

To apply to the Penn State Graduate School, visit the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal to fill out the online application. You must pay the application fee in order to complete this step.

On the page of the Graduate School application titled “Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester,” choose University Park as your campus (unless you are applying for the post-master’s certificate program, for which you will choose World Campus). For M.S. and Ph.D. degree program students, in the section titled “NURSING – Program – specific questions,” you will be able to pick the campus where you prefer to attend classes.

For more detailed information, please visit the Graduate School’s How to Apply page.

Application Due Dates

The College of Nursing Graduate Admission Committee reviews applications for its M.S.N. degree programs in October and March. Applications must be completed by October 1 or March 1 (including all transcripts, references, and goal statements) in order to be considered in the primary review.

All CGNE Scholar applicants are expected to show an abiding commitment to the health care of older adults, reflected in the applicant’s goal statement. For more details on qualification for graduate application, please go to Admissions Requirements, under Graduate Programs on the College of Nursing website.

All Ph.D. applications are reviewed upon completion as they are received. Post-master’s certificate applications are also reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Postdoctoral fellowship applications are initiated through contact with the prospective Penn State Nursing faculty mentor, or through discussion with the associate dean of graduate education or the director of the Center for Nursing Research. There are no deadlines for postdoctoral applications.

Financial Assistance

Upon acceptance to one of the gerontology-focused graduate programs of study, prospective students receive an offer of admission that includes the Nursing Graduate Programs Scholarship Application form. To be considered for one of the Geriatric Center’s full-time funding packages, students will be expected to show an abiding interest in gerontological nursing and/or education, expressed in the personal statement section of this application form.

For more detailed information about funding support through the Geriatric Center, please visit the Funding page of this website.

For more information on Geriatric Center graduate applications

If you wish to speak with someone in the Geriatric Center, please contact:

Donna Fick, Ph.D., GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Director, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Elouise Ross Eberly Professor in the School of Nursing

Or contact the Geriatric Center’s project administrator at:


For additional information on College of Nursing graduate applications

If you have further questions concerning application procedures, please write, call, or email the College of Nursing Graduate Programs office at:

Graduate Programs
College of Nursing
The Pennsylvania State University
210 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802