Early Decision/Early Admission/Priority Admission Programs

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

Appalachian School of Law

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.


Boston University School of Theology (STH)

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. 


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.


Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment

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.


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.