Master of Nursing

Requirements & Materials

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 (or 60 semester credits)
  • Completion of a 3 credit quarter-based or 2 credit semester-based basic statistics course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of at least 2.0 grade (no expiration date).
  • Active and unencumbered Washington State RN license
  • English Proficiency if your native language is not English
  • Agree to the Essential Nursing Behaviors and the Health and Safety requirements
  • Criminal Disclosure and Authorization for Background Check form
  • Criminal background check with acceptable results

*Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a major, see our RN to MN pathway.


Application material

Résumé

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

Statement of purpose

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. Address the following:

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

In addition to the statement of purpose, please provide a brief statement sharing why you believe the track you have selected will benefit your career. It is completely acceptable to not be sure of which track you will pursue and you may change your mind/selection at a later time. Your statement assists us with ensuring we have a clear understanding of your academic interests and needs. 

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 adviser 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 adviser for an alternative option.

Transcripts 

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. 

Criminal disclosure form

Available in the application. 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 If you have any problems uploading the form, contact the graduate adviser, Celinda Smith at cesmith3@uw.edu.


Updated September 2022