Frequently Asked Questions about the MN Program
When is the application deadline?
- Fall start: March 15
- Spring start: November 1
How do I apply?
Visit our Steps to Apply page for information on the application process.
Is the program offered online?
MN courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet no more than five times per semester; the remaining course work is offered online.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
Refer to the admission section for more information about specific requirements.
What does it cost to attend the program?
Visit the WSU Student Financial Services website for information on tuition and expenses.
Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is not required.
Is an RN license required?
Yes. For U.S. residents, current Washington State RN licensure is required. International students are eligible to apply if they are eligible to obtain a Washington state registered nurse (RN) license, which must be obtained prior to enrollment in any clinical or practicum course. International applicants must meet general Graduate School international applicant requirements.
I live in Oregon. Am I eligible for in-state tuition, or do I have to pay non-resident rates?
The Border Bill may be an option for Oregon residents in “bordering counties” attending either the Tri-Cities or Vancouver campuses. The state of Washington’s Border Bill 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.
What should I include in my goal statement/statement of purpose?
Prepare a 500-word statement of purpose essay that you will submit on the CollegeNet application, that is well written, organized, and includes both your long- and short-term professional goals and how your goals fit with the health care needs of your community.
Are references required?
Yes. When you apply online, you will be required to provide contact information for three references. Your references will be contacted automatically through the online application system and asked to submit a recommendation form electronically; there is no need for a separate hard copy. We recommend your references include two faculty members in a nursing program you attended and a person from a work setting. Please contact references to ensure they are willing to respond to your recommendation request, and ask them to discuss your leadership, academic standards, and skills as they pertain to your primary interest area.
Where do I have my transcripts sent?
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application review process, but official transcripts will be required for all admitted students. Visit the requirements page on the Graduate School website for more information.
Who is the contact person at the College of Nursing if I have questions?
How can I reach the Graduate School if I have questions?
WSU Graduate School Admissions can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-335-1446.