Nursing and Health Studies Program

Master of Nursing

MN Program at UW Bothell

Prospective Students

The Nursing program offers graduate study leading to the Master of Nursing degree. At the Master's level the program is designed to meet the needs of place-bound nurses interested in advanced nursing in a variety of settings.  The program provides students the opportunity for population-based study of advanced nursing through courses and field applications of nursing theory and professional foundations, research, and individual, family, community and systems adaptations.  At UW Bothell you will find faculty and staff exceptionally committed to students and the development of a program that meets your needs as a nursing leader.

The MN Program is for nurses with a BSN who desire to continue their education. Nurses with an RN and a Bachelor's degree in another discipline are also elligible to apply.  Consult the Admission without a BSN section for future details.

Program Location and Class Day

Classes are held on the Bothell campus.  Classes meet  in a block schedule on Fridays, typically 8:30 - 11:20 am and 12:30 - 3:20 pm.

Program Start

A new MN class is admitted every Autumn quarter (September) within a cohort model.  If you are interested in applying, please consult the MN Admissions section.

While it is possible to begin taking coursework spring and summer quarters, beginning in the Autumn Quarter is best for course sequencing. Course work may be started prior to formal admission to the program by taking classes as a graduate non-matriculated (GNM) student. GNM status allows the student to earn up to 12 graduate-level credits that may be applied to a graduate program if the student is later admitted. Time limits for acceptance of courses taken as a GNM student are six years for a master's degree.

Program Completion

The MN program is designed for part time study.  Classes meet in a block on Fridays (6 credits per quarter) over 7 quarters.  Curriculums for the 7 quarter option and an 11 quarter option are available in the curriculum section.

How the Program Works

The program focus is on leadership in practice, research and education. At UW Bothell the core curriculum includes nursing research, analysis of health systems, health policy, health disparities, ethics and aesthetics. Students pursue scholarly inquiry by completing a project. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on mentoring with faculty and in fieldwork placements.

Students are admitted each fall within a cohort model and in the second year direct their own fieldwork with populations of interest with special emphasis on professional development and leadership training.  More details about the course schedule are available in the currriculum section.

What Students Will Learn

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.

Program Cost

Current UW Bothell tuition rates are posted in the tuition rates section.  Financial aid and scholarships for nurses are available; be sure to consult the Nursing Program's list of funding opportunities for further details.

For More Information

More information about the Nursing Program at UW Bothell may be found at For more information, please contact Linda Bale, the MN Advisor, at 425.352.3238 or


Nursing admitted its first MN class in Autumn 2002, and now the program has over 80 graduates.  The program shares a tri-campus accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (CCNE) and awards a University of Washington degree.

Did You Know?

UW Bothell ranks second in the state of Washington in terms of bachelor of science graduates in computer science.