We are now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester.  Students are urged to submit their application and all supporting documents by March 1 priority deadline or July 1 standard deadline in order to ensure admissions consideration to start in August 2015.

Individuals interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing at Vanguard should complete the online application and then submit all supporting items together in one envelope to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions. If you choose to complete the paper application, please submit it in the same envelope with all supporting items.

Admission Application

We encourage you to complete the online admission application. You may also download the paper version or email us to have a copy sent.  If you graduated from Vanguard University’s BSN program please download  this “fast track” application  and use this checklist.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 is required. Submit credit card payment online, or checks may be made out to Vanguard University.

Photograph of Applicant (passport-size or larger)


Download the paper version of the Graduate Nursing Reference. Each applicant is required to secure two professional references as part of the application process; please print the PDF version two times, one for each reference. A separate letter should accompany each reference form. These should be completed by professionals who are familiar with your work as a nurse and are not related to you.

Official Transcripts

Please request official transcripts from all of the colleges you have attended (including colleges you attend for pre-requisite course work).

Copy of California Registered Nursing License

It must be a clear and current license.

Evidence of All Required Immunizations
& Report of a Current Physical Exam

Completed no more than one year prior to submitting application. Applicants should submit a physical exam form and a list of immunizations.

Copy of a Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Statement of Purpose (250 words)

An explanation of your reasons, including your vocational aspirations and personal sense of mission, for applying to Vanguard’s Master of Science in Nursing.


Please provide a detailed resume listing all employment, experience, education, training, etc.


Vanguard is currently accepting applications for the spring and fall 2015 semesters. We encourage you to submit your application by the November 1 priority application deadline to be considered for spring entry or February 1 to be considered for fall entry. Those who submit their application by then have the best opportunity to secure a spot in one of our interview days.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions at GPSAdmissions@vanguard.edu or by calling (877) 669-8872.

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