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When is the application deadline?
Visit our Application Deadlines page for deadlines.

How do I apply?
Visit our Steps to Apply page for information on the application process.

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?
Visit our Cost of Attendance page for information on tuition and fees.

Is the program offered online? How are courses delivered?
No. The program is offered on campus with limited courses offered online. MN courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet over videoconference no more than 5 times per semester; the remaining course work is offered online.

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 in Population Health?
Students may choose from the following tracks:

In addition, 2 graduate 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 no more than 5 times per semester; the remaining course work is offered online. Students are expected to attend class on campus for in-class sessions.

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 is required for admission to the MN program.

What are the admission criteria for the MN program?
Visit our Admission Requirements page.

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?
No, the GRE is not required.

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 2 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/statement of purpose?
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. Please keep it to a 500-word focused essay.

Are reference letters required?
Yes. When you apply online, you will be required to provide 3 references. Once you submit your online application, your 3 references will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit a recommendation form electronically. We recommend your references include 2 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?
Refer to the Steps to Apply page for information on how to submit your transcripts.

Who is the contact person at the College of Nursing if I want to be sure my application is complete?
Email or call 509-324-7445.

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

What graduate programs are offered at WSU College of Nursing?
Visit our graduate programs section 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: written interview questionnaire, statement of purpose addressing why you want to switch or continue and a current résumé to If you are already enrolled in a graduate nursing program at WSU College of Nursing and reapplied online and paid the $75 fee, contact Jenny Saligumba-Graham at 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.

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