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Application Materials

The university requirements for program admission below must be met before an application is considered complete.  

  • Online application for admission
  • Non-refundable $45 application fee 
  • Official transcripts
    • Request Official Transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. Vanguard graduates need only request transcripts from institutions attended after Vanguard.
  • Any program-specific supporting materials (see below)

Required Supporting Documents and Prerequisites

Some programs or student groups require additional application materials or have prerequisite requirements. These are detailed below. 

Submission Instructions

All supporting documents should be submitted to the Graduate & Professional Education Office:

If possible, please submit transcripts electronically (e.g. Parchment). Unofficial transcripts and test scores* (with student name, test date and subscores), may be scanned and emailed to gradadmissions@vanguard.edu

  • Electronically through Parchment
  • Email: gradadmissions@vanguard.edu
  • Mail/Drop-Off: ATTN: Vanguard University Graduate & Professional Education 55 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

*GRE Test scores are not required for admission into programs and are not considered in evaluating applications.

Important Deadlines


January 15
Early Action Deadline

March 1
Priority Deadline

July 1
Standard Deadline

Applications submitted after the Standard Deadline are considered on a space available basis


October 1
Priority Deadline

November 1
Standard Deadline
(Clinical Psychology)

December 1
Standard Deadline

Applications submitted after the Standard Deadline are considered on a space available basis


February 1
Priority Deadline

April 1
Standard Deadline

*Leadership Studies and Theology only

Have Questions? Connect with Us!

Reach out directly to one of our dedicated admissions advisors. These knowledgeable and caring experts can answer your questions and connect you with the resources you need to start you on your VU journey. 

Kaiis Argueta

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Contact Kaiis about:

  • MA in Theology

  • MA in Leadership Studies

  • Nursing Programs

Amanda Barrett

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Contact Amanda about:

  • MS in Industrial Organizational Psychology

  • School of Education Programs

Amanda Young

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Contact Amanda about:

  • MS in Clinical Psychology

  • MS in Biotechnology

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