Graduate Application

Admission to the M.S., M.S.N., D.N.P., or Ph.D. Program

To be considered for admission to the Penn State Graduate School and the Penn State College of Nursing, you must complete the Penn State Graduate School Application (see Admission Requirements for more information). Doctoral applicants who have already completed a master's degree at Penn State should contact the graduate program office (814-863-2211) for information about the application process.

Due Dates for Applications

M.S.N. applications (including all transcripts, references, and goal statements) must be complete by September 15 for spring admission and February 15 for summer/fall admission.

D.N.P. applications must be complete by January 15 for fall admission.

M.S. and Ph.D. applications are reviewed upon completion.

M.S., M.S.N., D.N.P., and Ph.D. Applicants

Complete the Penn State application by visiting the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal. Upload scanned copies of original transcripts (both sides) of all previous course work from all postsecondary institutions.

For the M.S., M.S.N. (RI options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) and Ph.D., when you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose University Park as your campus.

For the M.S.N. Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator options and the D.N.P.: When you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose World Campus as your campus. For the D.N.P., under option, choose None.

In the section titled NURSING—Program-Specific Questions, you will be able to pick the campus where you will be attending classes.

For information about application fees, please visit the Graduate School's How to Apply page.

Additional Requirements for M.S., Ph.D., and D.N.P. Applicants

  • Curriculum vita
  • Sample of scholarly writing
  • GRE scores (M.S. and Ph.D. only)
  • In-person interview (the admissions committee will contact you to arrange this)

Graduate Certificate Applicants

For admission requirements for the post-M.S.N. Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nursing Education certificates and graduate credit Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator certificates, see Graduate Certificates.

For information about application fees, please visit the Graduate School's Requirements for Graduate Admission page.

Complete the Penn State graduate certificate application by visiting the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal.

Post-M.S. Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Applications for the Post-M.S. Nurse Practitioner options are reviewed once a year. All application materials must be submitted by April 15 to be included in the annual review.

When you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose University Park as your campus.

In the section titled NURSING—Program-Specific Questions, you will be able to pick the campus where you will be attending classes.

Post-M.S. Geriatric Nursing Education Certificate

Applications for the post-M.S. Geriatric Nursing Education certificate are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. All application materials must be complete in order to be eligible for review.

When you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose World Campus as your campus.

Click here for more information about the Geriatric Nurse Educator certificate through the World Campus.

Graduate Credit Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator Certificates

Applications for the graduate-credit Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator certificates are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. All application materials must be complete in order to be eligible for review.

When you begin the application, on the page titled "Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester," choose World Campus as your campus.

Click here for more information about the Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator certificates through the World Campus.

For Additional Information

If you have any questions concerning the application procedures, please write, call, or e-mail:

Graduate Programs
College of Nursing
The Pennsylvania State University
203 Health and Human Development East
University Park, PA 16802-6508

814-867-5026

nursgrad@psu.edu