Master of Nursing

Application materials

Application material

Submit the following materials for application to the Master of Nursing program. If you are an international applicant, please review the supplemental requirements and application materials in addition to the materials noted below for all applicants.

Materials to submit with online application

A résumé

Describe your RN work experience, with dates, positions, and a brief description of responsibilities, including evidence of leadership in practice. Provide your Washington State RN license number and list any certifications. Identify professional involvement, accomplishments, awards, volunteer work, publications, and/or committee leadership and/or membership.

A nursing goal statement

The maximum length of your statement should be no more than three pages, and should be double spaced, using a 12-point font. Your statement should be well-composed and developed, demonstrating your ability to communicate effectively. To assist with composing your goal statement, it is recommended to review the program description and curriculum, foundation of graduate nursing education, and program goals. You may discuss the degree program in general or direct your statement to address the option you are most interested in pursuing. 

  • Discuss how the program aligns with your overall goals.
  • Discuss your unique attributes and background and how these contribute to your academic and professional nursing career goals.
  • Discuss why you are pursuing a graduate nursing degree and how a graduate experience is necessary or desired to reach your nursing goals.

Two recommendations 

  • Supervisor recommendation: If you are currently employed, provide a supervisor recommendation. If you are not currently employed, provide a recommendation from a former supervisor or provide a professional recommendation. The professional recommendation must be from a graduate degree prepared healthcare provider who can attest to the potential for your success in the program. If neither of those holds true, contact the graduate program advisor for an alternative option.

  • Academic recommendation: If your nursing degree was earned within the last 3 years, submit an academic recommendation. If it has been more than three years, provide a professional recommendation from a graduate degree prepared healthcare provider who can attest to the potential for your success in the program. If neither of those holds true, contact the graduate program advisor for an alternative option.

    Note as of March 20, 2019: Effective immediately the number of recommendations has been reduced from three to two, and the type of requirements has been modified to allow for greater flexibility for the applicant. If you have an application in process for fall 2019, you may choose to use the requirements as stated in the admission application or the new requirements. For questions, please contact the graduate program advisor, Celinda Smith at cesmith3@uw.edu 

College transcripts 

The application requires submission of transcripts from all prior educational institutions. You may submit unofficial transcripts for the purpose of the application review. If admitted, you will be required to submit official copies of selected transcripts as directed by the School.

Background check form

Download and complete the interactive School of Nursing background check form PDF form.  Sign it electronically, date, save, and upload it to your online application. Save a copy for your records. If admitted, you will be required to submit a background check. Failure to self-disclose criminal history on background check makes an applicant ineligible for admission. 

The nursing program uses CastleBranch, Inc., an online fee-based service. For examples of offenses that would result in individuals being ineligible for the program, see the Department of Social and Health Services Secretary's List of Crimes and Negative Actions


Application Scholarship

UW Bothell, Tacoma and Seattle graduates are eligible to have the MN application fee pre-paid for by the School of Nursing and Health Studies. If you have graduated from UW, please contact the graduate adviser, before submitting your application. Once an application has been submitted and paid for by the applicant, the School is not able to provide the scholarship (it must be pre-paid by the School). 
Graduate Adviser: Celinda Smith at cesmith3@uw.edu