MSN Application Checklist

MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate Applicants

Your application should include:

  1. Completed online application, including a formal statement of your career goals and how you see the specialty nursing program of study assisting you in achieving them. Be sure to demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and indicate your patient population of interest.
  2. Application Fee: The non-refundable application fee is $50. Credit card payment is accepted.
  3. Graduate Record Examination test scores taken within 5 years of application. Vanderbilt's GRE school code is 1871; the Nursing Department code is 0610. Post- master’s certificate applicants are not required to take the GRE.
  4. Official transcripts from all previous college(s)/university(ies) attended. Send your transcripts to:

    Center for Data Management
    Vanderbilt University
    PMB 407833
    2301 Vanderbilt Place
    Nashville, TN 37240-7833

    If your school uses an electronic transcript service such as Parchment, Naviance, Docufide or Scrip Safe, have your University Registrar send the transcript to
  5. Three academic or professional recommendations.  Recommendations from family, friends or co-workers are not acceptable. Applicants who have been in school within the last 5 years should have at least one academic reference. References are submitted electronically via the online application so be sure to enter the correct e-mail address.
  6. Your responses to the each of the application questions should be no more than 250 words.

PLEASE NOTE: No final decisions can be made on an application before it is complete.

The School of Nursing begins reviewing applications for admission to its new fall class on November 1 of the previous year, after which admissions are on a rolling basis. There is no published deadline, however, programs are very competitive and have a limited number of spaces for incoming students. Applicants who meet the November 1st early action date have a greater probability of being admitted.

Admission decisions are made only upon receipt of all application materials. Once admitted, a $200 non-refundable matriculation fee is required in order to reserve your space for the incoming fall class.


For International Students Only

  1. Complete all items on Application Checklist.
  2. English Language Proficiency. Proficiency in written and oral English is required for enrollment in the nursing program. Applicants whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the application, unless they have demonstrated competence while obtaining a degree (bachelor's degree or higher) from an accredited American institution. International students transferring from unfinished degree programs at other universities in the United States must present TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must be less than 2 years old.

    The International TOEFL is administered at test centers throughout the world at different times during the year. Applicants may access information regarding the TOEFL exam including registration and sample tests, at Inquiries and requests for application forms should be addressed to TOEFL, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 U.S.A. The minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language is 100 on the Internet-based test or 230 on the computer-based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 6.5. For more information on the IELTS test, go to . The Vanderbilt ETS code is 1871.

  3. International student applicants whose native language is not English are required to have a phone interview with the Program Director and a member of the Admissions Committee.
  4. International student applicants who wish to enter the program as a registered nurse must successfully complete both the CGFNS (Commission on Graduate Foreign Nursing Schools) and the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Exam) examinations and earn licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where they will be completing their clinical practica and/or preceptorship. Information about CGFNS may be obtained by writing CGFNS; 3600 Market Street, Suite 400; Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651, USA or call: 215-222 8454 or e-mail. Visit for more information about NCLEX.

    Information about Tennessee licensure may be obtained by visiting the Tennessee Department of Health website at; writing to Tennessee Board of Nursing; Suite 300 Heritage Place, 227 French Landing, Nashville, TN 37243, USA. Or call 615-532-5166.

  5. International student applicants who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete course-by-course evaluation of the native transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents. In all instances, the evaluating agency will require original, official documentation. Please note, the evaluating agency must send both the course-by-course report and copies of the native documents. If the agency does not provide copies of the documentation used to do the course-by-course evaluation, the student must submit their official documentation to Vanderbilt.

    Evaluating agencies include:

    World Education Services
    Post Office Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-0745
    Phone: 212-966-6311

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    Post Office Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    Phone: 414-289-3400

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    701 SW 102 Ave, Miami, FL, 33173
    Phone: 305-273-1616

    Official transcripts and course-by-course evaluation reports should be sent to the following address:

    Office of the University Registrar
    Vanderbilt University
    ATTN: International Curriculum and Credentials Analyst
    PMB 407701
    Nashville, Tennessee 37240-7701

    For further questions regarding prior degrees, please visit:
  6. International students who are accepted into the program may also be required to complete an intensive English language program at Vanderbilt University prior to beginning classes at the School of Nursing. Information about Vanderbilt's English language program may be obtained at

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