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Admission: Master's/Post-master's Programs

Please review the information below for Eligibility and Requirements.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Completed online application and submit required documents. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as applications are complete and all supporting documentation has been received, applicants are reviewed by the Graduate Program Admissions Committee and notified of the admission decision. You will be notified, in writing, regarding a decision about your application.


International Students Admission

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Application Process

  1. To apply to the master's or post-master's program, complete the specific College of Nursing Graduate Program Online Application for either the master's or post master's tracks.

    Online Application

  2. Submit completed online graduate application with required documents to the Nursing Graduate Program Office by
    - February 1 (Early Decision): Fall Admission
    - May 1: Fall Admission
    - November 1: Spring Admission

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Program
Driscoll Hall Room 306

Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

    Electronic transcripts may be sent to: Villanova Nursing Graduate Program

Requirements for Graduate Admission

  • Complete Online Application for Admission
  • Personal Goal Statement identifying career goals that are congruent with the purposes of the program and indicate appropriate communication and writing skills (for Nurse Practitioners, an essay regarding goals and conceptualization of the role of the Nurse Practitioner in clinical practice)
  • Resume
  • Application fee
  • TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers)
  • Transcripts from all schools attended must be submitted.  Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision will be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.  Transcripts originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by World Education Service or a comparable credential evaluation service.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from professionals who are in a position to judge your performance/professional skills
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Upon acceptance, a comprehensive criminal background check through Complio (Villanova's online compliance tracking service) is required.


To be eligible for admission to degree status, potential candidates must submit evidence of:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program or its equivalent
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above
  • A minimum of one year of recent practice (for Nurse Practitioners, a minimum of one year recent clinical practice; for Nurse Anesthetists, one year of critical care experience)
  • All non-native English speakers are required to submit either official TOEFL or IELTS results. TOEFL: Applicants must score a minimum of 83 (with 25 in speaking) on the iBT (internet-based test) in order to be considered for admission. IELTS: Applicants must score at least 6.5 overall (7 in speaking band) in order to be considered for admission.  When you register for the TOEFL or IELTS, please request that your results be sent directly to Villanova - our institutional code is 2959.
  • Satisfactory completion of a statistics course, which includes both descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Satisfactory academic record
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse (USA)

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of six graduate credits may be transferred, including credits earned in other colleges or schools of Villanova University. If transfer credit is requested in lieu of required courses in the program, a course syllabus and transcript must accompany the request.

All requests for transfer must be submitted in writing to the Program Director after admission to the program. Only courses taken prior to acceptance into the Graduate Nursing Program may be transferred.

To learn about opportunities to finance your graduate education, please review the financial aid process on Villanova's Office of Financial Assistance site.

Students who enroll in this degree or certificate program may decide to pursue licensure and/or certification, the requirements for which vary by location.  For more information on educational requirements, please review the professional licensure/certification disclosures.
Click here for important information regarding the University's authorization statues, students' responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

Transcript Submission: MSN Degree / Post Master's Certificate / DNP-Nurse Anesthesia Tracks

Please have Official Copies of Transcripts sent electronically from all prior institutions to:

Villanova Nursing Graduate Program

Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Program
Driscoll Hall Room 306
Attention: Graduate Program Coordinator

Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

MSN, Post Master's and DNP Programs: Under the current COVID-19 precautions, we will accept unofficial transcripts to be submitted (uploaded) and official transcripts sent at a later date. We highly recommend an electronic submission instead of hard copy submission.

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