Master of Nursing

Admission requirements

Master of Nursing admission requirements

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor degree in nursing from an NLN- or CCNE- accredited program*
  • A 3.0 grade point average in the most recent 90 credits
  • Completion of a 3 credit quarter-based (2 credit semester-based) basic statistics course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Find an approved statistics course**
  • Active and unencumbered Washington State RN license
  • English Proficiency if your native language is not English
  • Agree and adhere to the Essential Behaviors for admissions, continuation, and graduation
  • Agree and adhere to the Health and Safety requirements
  • Completion of a criminal background check with acceptable results, upon offer of admissions***

​​This program does not require the GRE.​

Application material requirements

Review the application materials webpage for what material all applicants are required to submit. Please review the information carefully to ensure you are meeting the requirements and submitting a complete and competitive application. 


International students are required to meet additional admission requirements and submit supplementary materials per the Graduate School. Please review our international student page for details. 


*Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing coupled with an nursing associate degree or nursing diploma and are holding a Washington State RN License, may be able to waive the educational requirement of a bachelor degree in nursing. Learn more about this option.

**If you do not see the statistics course you completed on the approved list, email an unofficial transcript with the course description and syllabus (if available) to the program at uwbnhs@uw.edu attention; MN Admissions Committee.

***Admitted students are required to complete a criminal background check with acceptable results upon the offer of admission and will be required to renew it bi-annually. Failure to self-disclose criminal history makes an applicant ineligible for admission. Do not run the check before your official notification of admission to the School.  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

Transfer credits

The nursing program follows the UW Graduate School policy on the transfer of credits into the program.


The Nursing program admission requirements and processes adhere to the Graduate School Memo 3 on Graduate Admissions.