College of Nursing

MN Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the application deadline?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. How often are students admitted?
  4. How many students are admitted each year?
  5. What is the cost per credit hour?
  6. Is the program offered online? How are courses delivered?
  7. What WSU College of Nursing campus sites offer the MN program?
  8. What areas of specialization are offered for the Master of Nursing?
  9. How much time should I expect to spend on campus in class?
  10. Are course lectures available for later review?
  11. What is the minimum GPA requirement for admission to the MN program?
  12. What are the admission criteria for the MN program?
  13. Is part-time study an option?
  14. Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required for graduate nursing programs?
  15. Is an RN license required?
  16. I live in Oregon. Am I eligible for in-state tuition, or do I have to pay non-residential rates?
  17. What should I include in my goal statement?
  18. Are reference letters required?
  19. How are applicants ranked for acceptance into the program?
  20. Where do I have my transcripts sent?
  21. How can I reach the Graduate School if I have questions?
  22. What graduate programs does WSU College of Nursing offer?
  23. I am currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program at WSU College of Nursing but want to change my degree program. Do I have to reapply to the graduate school online and pay the application fee again?

When is the application deadline?

Please visit our Application Deadlines page for deadlines.

How do I apply?

Prospective MN students must apply to WSU Graduate School online and submit all written materials to Rychelle Wagner or Tami Kelley at WSU College of Nursing.

Mailing address:
Washington State University
College of Nursing

Graduate Program Office
Nursing Bldg. Rm 133
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

How often are students admitted?

Students are admitted twice per year for fall and spring semester.

How many students are admitted each year?

On average, we admit 10 MN students per semester.

What is the cost per credit hour?

Please visit the WSU financial aid website to determine graduate school costs.

Is the program offered online? How are courses delivered?

No. The program is offered on campus with limited courses offered online. Students living outside a 50-mile radius from their campus of registration can request permission to attend some classes using live videostreaming technology. Live videostreaming is one-way audiovisual technology where students can login from home and participate in class via an online chat room. Notes: Most courses require attendance every two to three weeks but some may require more. Attendance is required and students must be logged in and present during each class.

What WSU College of Nursing campus sites offer the MN program?

The MN program is offered at all WSU College of Nursing sites: Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Vancouver.

What areas of specialization are offered for the Master of Nursing?

Students may choose an individualized study option or can specialize in one of the following tracks:

Students interested in the individualized study option must take the Master’s program core course work, plus 3-4 courses specific to their area of interest. Advisors can assist with identifying appropriate courses.

In addition, a two Post-Master’s Certificates are available: Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership. Students must complete required course work and apply for the certificate separately through the WSU Graduate School online and pay an additional fee.

How much time should I expect to spend on campus in class?

MN courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet over videoconference on campus five to ten times per semester, and the remaining course work is offered online. Students are expected to attend class on campus for in-class sessions, however, in many classes, students living at a distance can engage in coursework via live videostream.

Are course lectures available for later review?

Yes. All course lectures are video-recorded, archived and available for later review if needed. However, archived videos are not meant to take the place of live class. Students are required to attend all classes.

What is the minimum GPA requirement for admission to the MN program?

A 3.0 or higher in an accredited bachelor’s program.

What are the admission criteria for the MN program?

Visit our Application & Admission page for admission requirements.

Is part-time study an option?

Yes. Most of our students attend part time.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required for graduate nursing programs?

Yes. Official GRE Analytical Writing scores are required and should have been taken within the last five years. Exams scores must be received by the priority deadline of July 1 for spring and March 31 for fall admission. Visit our GRE FAQs page for more information.

Is an RN license required?

Yes, a valid Washington State RN license is required.

I live in Oregon. Am I eligible for in-state tuition, or do I have to pay non-residential rates?

The Border Bill may be an option for Oregon residents attending either the Tri-Cities or Vancouver campuses of WSU. The State of Washington’s Border Bill is a program that allows Oregon residents who live in specified counties to attend WSU Vancouver and/or WSU Tri-Cities part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates for the courses taken through these two WSU campuses ONLY. For further information and a border bill application, refer to the links below.

Tri-Cities Border Bill
Vancouver Border Bill

What should I include in my goal statement?

The goal statement is a concise 500 word focused essay. The essay should include a statement about your long and short-term professional goals and how they fit with the mission of the College of Nursing, University, and MN program for which you are applying.

Are reference letters required?

Yes. When you apply online, you will be required to provide three references. Once you submit your online application, your three references will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit a recommendation form electronically. We recommend your references include two faculty members in a nursing program you attended and a person from a work setting. Since their recommendations will come directly to the Graduate School, there is no need for a paper recommendation. Please contact references to ensure they are willing to respond to your recommendation request; ask them to discuss your leadership, academic standards, and skills as they pertain to your primary interest area.

How are applicants ranked for acceptance into the program?

All applications of qualified applicants are reviewed by a faculty committee. They look at your GPA, written goal statement, and the answers to the written and/or personal interview questions.

Where do I have my transcripts sent?

Have your transcripts sent directly from your previous institutions to WSU Graduate School.

Washington State University Graduate School
PO Box 641030
Pullman, WA 99164-1030

Electronic Transcripts

The Graduate School accepts electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions via the official electronic transcript process of the registrar’s office of the institution. In such cases, applicants should provide the registrar with the following email address for corresponding with the Graduate School regarding electronic transcripts: grad.sch.transcript@wsu.edu.

International Transcripts

If you attended a college outside the U.S. or Canada, please see the Graduate School site for more information.

How can I reach the Graduate School if I have questions?

gradsch@wsu.edu
509-335-1446

What graduate programs are offered at WSU College of Nursing?

Visit our Academic Programs page for a complete listing of degree programs.

I am currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program at WSU College of Nursing but want to change my degree program. Do I have to reapply to the graduate school online and pay the application fee again?

No, you do not have to apply online and pay the application fee again. If you are already a graduate student at WSU College of Nursing and want to change your degree plans, please submit the following materials to Rychelle Wagner or Tami Kelley in the WSU College of Nursing.

Mailing address:
Washington State University College of Nursing Graduate Program Office
Nursing Bldg. Rm 133
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

  1. Submit the written interview questionnaire.
  2. Submit a statement of purpose addressing why you want to switch or continue.
  3. Submit official GRE Analytical Writing Scores taken within the last 5 years (MN and DNP).
  4. Submit a résumé.
  5. Submit scholarly work (DNP only).

If you are already enrolled in a graduate nursing program at WSU College of Nursing and reapplied online and paid the $75.00 fee, contact Jenny Saligumba-Graham at saligum@wsu.edu to request a refund.

Faculty will review your file for admission decision. If “Yes” for admission, then you must work with WSU College of Nursing Graduate Program Office to complete and submit a Plan and Degree Level Change Form to the WSU Graduate School.