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Master's (MSN) Application Requirements

A completed application consists of:

  • $80 non-refundable application fee
  • Online application accessible at
  • Official transcripts from accredited BSN program and all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) schools attended are required if offered admission. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for review purposes. 

    Official transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive at the School of Nursing after the initial request. Please have all official transcripts sent to:

    University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    418 Curie Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217
    Attention: Office of Enrollment Management
  • Electronic transcripts may be sent to​
  • Verification of statistics class.
  • Official results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal  and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. To determine your eligibility for the GRE waiver, please visit the GRE Waiver page.
  • Three letters of recommendation from the following sources: academic, employer and professional. All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online recommendation form accessible through the online application.
  • Responses to essay questions.
  • Copy of active RN license(s).
  • All master’s students are required to have an active Registered Nursing License(s). Progression into the clinical component requires an active Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License and as specified by individual programs in Delaware (compact state) and New Jersey. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the Admissions and Program Progression policies on Statement of Personal Attributes and Capabilities Necessary for Admission to, Progression through and Graduation from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania; Clinical Compliance and Background Checks  as well as the student handbook.

Please consult the individual master’s program websites and the MSN FAQ page for any additional admissions requirements (e.g., necessary work experience) pertaining to individual programs and meeting requirements for national certification.  While program curricula offered by the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing prepare students to sit for national certification within their specialty area, Nurse Practitioner program graduates may be required to complete additional state specific requirements before being permitted to practice.

Attention Streamlined Acute Care Post-Master's Applicants Only 

Penn Nursing is new to online learning and may not be able to provide the course or clinical component to students in every state.  To avoid incurring unnecessary costs, please do not submit an application to the Streamlined Program until you contact either Debbie Becker, Director, email: or Carrie Doherty, Program Coordinator, email:​

International Applicants

A. General

It is highly recommended that international students apply one year prior to the start of the program.

B. Licensure

All master’s students are required to have a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License prior to beginning clinical rotations. If you do not have a Pennsylvania license but you are licensed to practice in another country, you must complete the CGFNS Certification Program. Penn Nursing needs proof you have at least passed the CGFNS Qualifying Examination prior to reviewing your admissions application.

For more information the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website for details. If you are completing the NCLEX® in another state, please review the requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License. See Item 6: Licensure by Endorsement With Temporary Practice Permit.

  • C. Transcript Evaluation
  • International applicants are required to submit either:

    CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service

    Full Education Course-by-Course Report

    Purpose: Academic


    WES ICAP: International Credential Advantage Package

    Note: Credentials evaluation for academic purposes is a separate application from the Certificate Program for Licensure. Both are required.

    Applications will not be reviewed until Penn Nursing receives official copy of the CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service Report for Academics or WES ICAP: International Credential Advantage Package. This review includes verification of official transcripts from accredited BSN program and all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) schools attended submitted through CGFNS or WES.

    Official copies of the report must be sent directly to:
    University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    418 Curie Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217
    Attn: Office of Enrollment Management

    D. Standardized Testing

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    Results from the GRE general exam taken within the last five years, regardless of BSN GPA.

    • Competitive applicants are expected to score in the 50th percentile on both the verbal  and quantitative sections of the GRE and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.
    • Applicants who have completed their BSN degrees in the United States, and who are non-native English speakers, may be eligible for the GRE waiver.


    Results from the TOEFL or IELTS taken within the last two years for all non-native English speakers, regardless of where BSN degrees are from.

    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL is required. The expected breakdown is as follows: Reading, 26; Listening, 26; Speaking 23 (26 is preferred); Writing, 25.
    • A minimum combined score of 7.0 on the IELTS is required. We expect each subsection to have scores of at least 7.0.

    E. Other

    Support services for international students are available through the University of Pennsylvania’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).​