University of Washington Bothell

Master of Nursing

UW Bothell's Nursing Program offers graduate study leading to the Master of Nursing (MN) degree. This program is designed to meet the needs of place-bound nurses who are interested in advancing their careers through graduate education. The MN program prepares graduates for advanced nursing roles in a variety of health-related settings.

Central to the program is the development of leadership skills in practice, research and education through theory, research, program development and evaluation. Core values emerge through selected course work in ethics, aesthetics, diversity and social justice. At UWB, the core MN curriculum highlights scholarly inquiry, health care systems, policies, and social issues related to the pressing health issues facing our state, nation, and the global community. Students pursue scholarly inquiry through a committee guided project that often is completed in collaboration with the students' current workplace. Focused field work in the second year permits substantive experience in a variety of settings in order to examine advanced nursing roles and apply core concepts into the real-world context of heath care. The program provides exceptional faculty support and considers the student-faculty relationship to be paramount.

The program utilizes a "cohort model" with students admitted each fall. The first year focuses on core content with the second year permitting "individualized specialization" through electives, fieldwork and scholarly project.

The MN program is designed with block course scheduling with classes one day per week (Fridays). This includes 6 credits (2 courses) per quarter schedule over 7 quarters of part-time graduate study. Course work may be started prior to formal admission to the program as a graduate non-matriculated student (GNM). GNM status allows the student to complete graduate-level courses of which up to 12 credits may later be applied toward the Master of Nursing degree.

What defines MN studies at the University of Washington, Bothell?

  • Small, one day per week classes
  • Part-time study
  • Exceptional faculty and staff support
  • Strong academic-community partnerships
  • Emphasis on leadership preparation for advanced nursing roles
  • Population-based focus
  • Individualized specialization building on clinical expertise and interests
  • Interdisciplinary campus environment

Why Seek a Master's Degree in Nursing at UWB?

  • Improve your career mobility and professional network
  • Cultivate sophistication in your own advanced practice
  • Gain skills to proactively improve the health care system, the health of populations of interest and health of the community.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Master of Nursing program are able to:

  • Evaluate the adequacy of underlying knowledge from nursing science, related fields and professional foundations as it informs advanced practice.
  • Competently assess and manage health-related issues within a defined population or care system, and evaluate the effectiveness of these advanced nursing practices.
  • Utilize knowledge and skills in professional practice among diverse and multicultural populations.
  • Demonstrate competence in development of inquiry relevant to practice, education or administration.
  • Develop and utilize leadership strategies that foster improvement of health care.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Nursing program is open to any professional registered nurse licensed to practice in Washington state who meets the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related field
  • 3-credit basic statistics course
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) official scores regardless of year taken

The application process includes documentation of the above admission criteria as well as a personal goal statement that is congruent with program outcomes, references, and a professional resume describing educational background and professional experience.

What kind of experience(s) is preferred in applicants?

  • Professional goals should be congruent with program goals.
  • Last 90 graded credits with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Evidence of clinical practice experience in the U.S. in a professional role.
  • Ability to communicate professionally in English, both verbally and in writing.

Program Structure


Nursing Science and Foundations15
Scholarly Inquiry12
Minimum credits41

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