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 for all options (including all transcripts, references, and goal statements) must be complete by February 15. Contact Marsha Freije for more information.

D.N.P. applications must be complete by February 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.

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. 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

For admission requirements for the postgraduate Nurse Practitioner and post-M.S.N. 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.

Postgraduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Applications for the postgraduate 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.N. 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 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802-6508

814-867-5026

nursgrad@psu.edu