We are now accepting applications for spring 2016 and fall 2016 semester.  Students are urged to submit their application and all supporting documents by March 1st priority deadline or July 1st standard deadline in order to ensure admissions consideration to start in January 2016 or August 2016.

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

The non-refundable application fee of $45.00 is required. Submit credit card payment online, or checks may be made out to Vanguard University. If you attend an on campus Information Session, your application fee will be waived; for more details regarding Information Sessions visit http://www.vanguard.edu/gpsadmissions/.


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 (RN) License

Must be a current and clear RN license.

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

Current required health documentation should be submitted along with your application. Applicants should read the instructions and submit the following requirements online at http://vanguard.complio.com/. Physical Exam form.

Statement of Purpose (250 words)

An explanation of your reasons, including your professional 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 2016 semesters. We encourage you to submit your application by the November 1st priority application deadline to be considered for spring 2016 entry. For fall 2016 admission, February 1st is the deadline for early action admission, March 1st is the deadline for priority admission, and July 1st is the application deadline. Those who submit their application early have the best opportunity of securing a seat in the incoming class.

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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