U.S. Applicants

Follow the admission requirements below if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Begin your profile registration and tell us some basic information. Then proceed to complete each tab within the application form.

Former students, who have missed two consecutive semesters (fall and spring), must complete the Readmission Application form.

Your reflective essay should should be two pages, double-spaced, and summarize:

  • Why you are applying to Valparaiso University
  • Your interest in the degree program
  • How this program impacts your professional development

Applicants to our Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program must submit a 4-6 page, double-spaced, essay describing their (1) academic background; (2) potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts; (3) aptitude for graduate-level study; (4) career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program; and (5) openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development.

Request two professional or academic recommendation letters to be submitted through our online recommendation form.

Applicants to our Doctor of Nursing Practice program are required to submit three letters of recommendation from three clinical peers/supervisors who can attest to their communication and clinical competence. Alumni from the Valpo B.S.N. program are only required to submit two letters.

Please submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted but official copies must be submitted prior to beginning classes. Valpo students and alumni are not required to submit transcripts except for coursework they have taken since attending Valpo. Transcripts can be submitted to or mailed directly to the Graduate Studies.

  • $30 for U.S. citizens

Your application fee is automatically waived if you schedule a campus visit.


The following graduate programs have a priority application deadline and take in a limited cohort of students each fall. Application materials must be submitted by the corresponding date in order to receive priority consideration by the admission committee. Please contact the Graduate Studies if you anticipate completing your application after deadline but still wish to be considered for the current intake.

February 15

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

March 1

School Psychology – M.Ed. Education and Psychological Foundations and Ed.S. Education Specialist

April 15

Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)


Upon submitting your online application, you will have the ability to upload your supporting documents to your personal status page. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your status page and still be considered for admission. Official transcripts may be sent to Mail physical transcripts to the address in our contact information.

If you have any questions about the application process or your current status, please call Graduate Studies Admissions at 219.464.5313 or email at to discuss your application with one of our admissions specialists.


Contact Information

Graduate Studies & Continuing Education

Kretzmann Hall
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219.464.5313 or 800.821.7685

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST