Application Process

Two ways to apply

1. Directly through DeSales University "Apply Online" button

2. We also accept applications via NursingCAS

MSN Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Official copy of GRE or MAT scores if the applicant's cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0

Upon matriculation, students will be required to maintain the following:

  • Current professional liability insurance
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR or ACLS certification
  • Current criminal background check, child abuse clearance, FBI fingerprinting and drug screening

Information for Applicants Born Outside of the United States

  • International applicants born in a country where the official language is other than English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past two (2) years.  Applicants must take the TOEFL iBT (internet-based) format and achieve a minimum total score of 104, with a minimum score of 26 in each of the Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing sub-scales. Please visit for additional information.
  • All transcripts from any degree-granting institution outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Inc., with the resulting report submitted directly to the address above.  Please visit for additional information.

    DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required:

  • one from a graduate program faculty member or direct supervisor from present employment
  • one from a professional colleague

Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae

This should reflect all evidence of professional career achievements, publications, presentations, or other forms of professional scholarship.

Personal Statement

Written in narrative format and addresses each of the following:

    • Why you chose your intended MSN track
    • How this academic program will help you meet your career goals
    • Where you see your career 5 years post-graduation
    • Additional relevant information that may assist the Committee in the overall evaluation of your application

This statement should be 500 – 750 words in length and demonstrate evidence of strong written communication skills.

Questions about your application?

Contact: or 610-282-1100, x1664

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