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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 Degree Applications

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

M.S.N. Nurse Practitioner applications for all options (including all transcripts, references, and goal statements) must be complete by February 15th for summer or fall admission.

D.N.P. applications must be complete (including all transcripts, references, CV, writing sample, and goal statement) by February 15th for fall admission.

M.S. and Ph.D. applications are reviewed upon completion. Applications (including all transcripts, references, CV, writing sample, GRE, and goal statement) must be complete by November 15thfor spring and July 1st for fall admission.

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.

Transcript Requirements: Contact your postsecondary institution(s) to request official copies of transcripts for all previous course work, which you will receive in signed/sealed envelopes. Once opened, they become unofficial copies of official transcripts (since the seal has been broken). Upload both sides of these unofficial copies to your application. (Note: These are different from “advising transcripts” or “degree audits,” which are not considered acceptable transcripts.)

If your former institution sends electronic copies of transcripts, you may upload these directly into your application.

If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require you to send formal signed/sealed official copies of transcripts from each institution. These will be requested only after you are admitted to the program.

B.S.N. to Ph.D. (must apply to the M.S. degree program), 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, since this is where the program originates. Later in the application, in the section titled Nursing Program–Specific Questions, you will be asked to select the campus location where you choose to attend the program.

M.S.N. Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator options and 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.

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

The College of Nursing offers the following certificates:

  • Post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate (offered at University Park, Hershey Medical Center, Fayette, Scranton, and Shenango Campuses)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Hershey Medical Center only)
  • Application deadline April 1st

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.
  • Gerontology Certificate (online)
  • Application deadlines November 15thfor spring; July 1st for fall
  • When you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose University Park as your campus
  • Primary Palliative Care
  • Application deadlines November 15th for spring; July 1st for fall
  • When you begin the application, on the page titled Campus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose University Park as your campus

 

  • Geriatric Nursing Education – Post-Masters (online)
  • Application deadlines November 15thfor spring; July 1st for fall
  • When you begin the application, on the page titledCampus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose World Campus as your campus

 

  • Nurse Educator (online)
  • Application deadlines November 15thfor spring; July 1st for fall
  • When you begin the application, on the page titledCampus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose World Campus as your campus

 

  • Nurse Administrator (online)
  • Application deadlines November 15thfor spring; July 1st for fall
  • When you begin the application, on the page titledCampus, Major, Degree, and Semester, choose World Campus as your campus

 

 

For admission requirements for certificates see Graduate Certificates.

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

For admission, complete the Penn State graduate certificate application by visiting the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal.