Master of Nursing



As part of the UW Graduate School, the program is committed to providing a safe, secure, and welcoming learning environment. Students from diverse cultural, historically underrepresented, or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of graduate faculty and staff. Several elements, including nursing goal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, prior professional and academic work and accomplishments are taken into consideration. Admission is based on acceptance by the UW Graduate School and the Master of Nursing program of the University of Washington Bothell.

The program admits once per year, with a priority application of April 1st unless otherwise extended as noted below. Fall quarter which typically commences end of September. During other quarters, eligible applicants are encouraged to explore enrolling as a graduate non-matriculated student.

Priority application deadline


Application Deadline


Extended to June 6

Updated 4.29.22

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Transfer credits

The program follows the UW Graduate School policy on the transfer of credits. Applicants may submit a petition for graduate coursework completed in another program or institution to be reviewed for transfer.

Application fee waivers

  • UW Alumni: Graduates from across all three campuses are eligible to have the application fee prepaid by the MN program as funding permits. Contact the graduate adviser before submitting your application; Celinda Smith at  The program is not able to provide you a reimbursement for the application; it can only pre-pay for an application.
  • Need based: Applicants who have financial need and those who participate in the McNairs Scholars or PPIA Fellows programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver from the UW Graduate School. See the UW Graduate School fee waiver policy and application

Tuition scholarship and tuition exemption

Applicants to the program are automatically considered for a limited number of School of Nursing and Health Studies community, diversity or merit-based scholarships as funding permits. Applications received by the priority admissions deadline of April 1st receive priority review. Applications received after April 1st are reviewed for scholarships as funding permits. Continuing students may apply for scholarships throughout the program as funding permits.

UW and State of Washington employees may be eligible for tuition exemption which allows for a limited number of credits to be taken without being subject to the full cost of tuition. The MN program allows for one course; BNURS 525 to be taken at reduced tuition for eligible students. 

Admission policy

Applicants who receive a denial decision may petition to appeal the decision within two weeks of the denial. For more information see the MN admissions appeal policy.

Updated April 2022