WSU COLLEGE OF NURSING | GRADUATE PROGRAMS
- 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:
Students interested in the individualized study option must take the master’s program core course work, plus 3, 3-credit (9 cr total) courses specific to their area of interest. Advisors can assist with identifying appropriate courses.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.