Accelerated Degrees / Preferred Admission

Virginia Wesleyan University offers several accelerated degree and preferred admission options in cooperation with other colleges and universities. In most cases, these programs involve a course of study at Virginia Wesleyan followed by a related course of study at the partner institution. Degree options vary. Find out more about the individual programs below.

Accelerated Degree Options

Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment

The Cooperative College (3-2) Program allows students to proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Virginia Wesleyan University to two years of study at Duke University's Nicholas School's Master of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program.


Old Dominion University (Pre-Engineering Program)

The Pre-Engineering Program offers students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Wesleyan University and a Master's degree in Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Compute​r, ​​​Electrical, Environmental​, Mechanical, Modeling & Simulation, or Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University. Students attend Virginia Wesleyan for four years and ODU for one year.


Shenandoah University (Pharmacy)

An official Agreement with Shenandoah University's Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy for Pre-Admittance and Joint Degree Options gives priority status to a maximum of five Virginia Wesleyan students per year who have completed at least 64 semester credit hours.


Washington University in St. Louis (Occupational Therapy)

Virginia Wesleyan University has a 3-2 cooperative education agreement with Washington University in St. Louis, one of the nation's top-ranked Programs in Occupational Therapy.  Please note that this program is competitive and selective, and early planning and preparation is encouraged.

Early Decision or Early Admission Options

Duke University Divinity School

This program streamlines admission, with scholarship opportunities, to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Christian Practice at the Duke University Divinity School. Students who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 at VWU and meet the eligibility requirements for admission will be able to apply for an early admissions decision at Duke.


Joint Program in Medicine with Eastern Virginia Medical School

Students at Virginia Wesleyan University may apply for admission to Eastern Virginia Medical School during the fall semester of the sophomore year.  Individuals selected for admission into this program are expected to complete a challenging academic program at VWU and to obtain substantive exposure to the field of medicine as an undergraduate.


Early Assurance Program with Eastern Virginia Medical School

Through the University's Early Assurance Program with Eastern Virginia Medical School, VWU students have an enhanced opportunity to earn graduate degrees in eight EVMS master's programs. The Early Assurance Program with EVMS gives admission preference to VWU students interested in pursuing advanced degrees.

Priority Admissions

Candler School of Theology at Emory University

This agreement guarantees admission, with scholarship opportunities, in the Candler School of Theology's Master of Divinity or Master of Religious Leadership programs. To be eligible, VWU graduates must meet Candler admission requirements and must have successfully completed courses in the Department of Religious Studies (or religiously-themed courses in the Departments of History and Philosophy). Minimum GPA requirements apply.


University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Virginia Wesleyan University's unique partnership with the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy promotes enrollment of graduating Batten Honors College (BHC) students in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Charlottesville-based institution. Each year one seat in the master's program will be reserved for a BHC graduate who meets MPP admission criteria.


William & Mary's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Virginia Wesleyan University's unique partnership with William & Mary's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) promotes enrollment of graduating Batten Honors College (BHC) students in the Master of Arts in Marine Science program at VIMS. Each year one seat in the master's program will be reserved for a BHC graduate who meets admission criteria.


Sentara Master's Entry to Nursing Practice (MENP)

VWU students from any major with the appropriate prerequisite courses may apply for guaranteed admission to the Sentara Entry to Nursing Practice Master's program. This program allows students with a Bachelor's degree to simultaneously complete Nursing certification and receive a Master's degree. A maximum of two VWU students per year who meet the admission criteria may be selected for guaranteed admission, but additional students may apply for admission via the standard track.