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
Virginia Wesleyan University’s 3-3 accelerated dual degree program allows students to begin law school at Appalachian School of Law after three years of study at Virginia Wesleyan. Students in the program can earn their Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor Degree in a total of six years. The program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA and an LSAT score of at least 153.
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.
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, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Modeling & Simulation, or Systems Engineering from Old Dominion University. Students attend Virginia Wesleyan for four years and ODU for one to two years.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Wesleyan students can gain priority admission to Appalachian School of Law with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and an LSAT score of at least 150. The ASL Juris Doctor program includes broad training in the theory and practice of law, as well as opportunities for focused study in Litigation, Criminal Law, or Natural Resource Law.
Virginia Wesleyan University and the Boston University School of Theology are committed to the education of future ordained and lay leaders of the United Methodist Church and its ecumenical partners and share the concern that students be able to progress toward careers in ministry with manageable costs and debts. This guaranteed admission program streamlines admission, with scholarship opportunities, to the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree programs at STH.
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.
The agreement with Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment allows VWU students priority admission to their Master of Sustainability program (MSUS) or their Masters in Food Studies (MAFS) program at Chatham’s Eden Hall campus. Students applying for priority admission must meet the minimum GPA requirements for the program of interest. Students may also select a combined MSUS+MBA or MAFS+MBA program if they have completed the appropriate business course prerequisites.
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.
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.
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.