How to Apply

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Questions about the Graduate application process?

Contact Graduate School Admissions at [email protected] or 260-399-8000.

How To Apply: 5 Steps

  1. Determine if your program is online or on campus and then submit the appropriate application:

    Not Sure Which App to Use?

    See the Graduate Programs list to determine if your program is online or on campus.

    Note the Following Exceptions:

    • If you are applying to the Physician Assistant Studies program, submit the CASPA application.
    • If you are applying to any graduate nursing program (MSN or DNP), submit the NursingCAS application.
  2. Send official transcripts from postsecondary institutions you attended. Transcripts must come from the institution’s office of the registrar. Please use the official transcript request form.
  3. Be sure to include all program-specific admissions requirements.
  4. If you are a military veteran enrolling in one of USF’s on-campus programs (not online), please send your DD214 Form.
  5. Mail all documentation to:
    University of Saint Francis
    Graduate Admissions
    2701 Spring Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to USF’s graduate programs must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

  • Students applying to the RN-MSN or RN-DNP programs must have an associate of science in nursing.
  • International students must have transcripts evaluated by World Education Services

Program-Specific Requirements

Each program requires specific qualifications and/or submission material.

Graduate Nursing Programs

For admission to the Graduate Nursing Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet general admission standards for graduate education at the University of Saint Francis.
  • Hold an associate, baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing.
    • Associate degree graduates apply for the ASN-Graduate Nursing Program track.
    • Baccalaureate degree graduates apply to the Graduate Nursing program.
    • Master’s degree in nursing graduates apply for the Post-Graduate Nursing Program track.
  • Hold a current license as a Registered Nurse.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.20 on a four-point scale. (See admission criteria below about provisional admission if GPA is less than 3.20.)
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit three (3) letters of reference from professional and/or academic contacts.
  • Complete and submit the USF Graduate Nursing Essay.
  • Complete admission interview (Personal Interview).

Prior to admission, it is highly recommended that candidates:

  • Have professional experience as a Registered Nurse.
  • Complete an undergraduate or graduate statistics course within the past 5 years.
  • For nurses applying for an advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) track, complete a minimum of a one-day shadow experience with an APRN working in their planned practice area.
  • For nurses applying to a DNP track, investigate topics suitable for a DNP Scholarly Project.

Physician Assistant Studies