Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

NOTE: The MSN program will not be admitting new students during the 2020-21 academic year.

About the program

SPU’s Master of Science in Nursing programs offers you an unrivaled combination of clinical expertise, training, and hands-on experience to equip and prepare you to take your career to the next level. 

MSN concentration

The MSN program offers the following specialty concentration:

  • Nurse Educator Specialization


The Graduate Nursing program operates on a cohort model beginning with foundational coursework that focuses on quality clinical practice, evidence-based practice, and leadership. On a full-time schedule, the MSN program is seven quarters in length.

Your coursework is separated into specialty areas, and your clinical internship experiences begin only after the completion of all prerequisite courses. All graduate coursework must adhere to specified levels of scholarship before progression can occur.

Application requirements

For admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program the following are required:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program. BSN degrees from competency-based programs will be evaluated  on a case by case basis.
  • Active, unencumbered Washington state RN license.
  • A minimum of 12 months of active RN experience* by September 1.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in your bachelor’s program. 
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your native language is not English.  (Please reference the language proficiency requirement for graduate nursing programs.)

Note: Although not required at the time of application, all applicants are required to show completion of a three-quarter credit (or equivalent) course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of at least C+ (2.3) before matriculation. Failure to successfully complete this course means you will not be able to enroll in the program.

*The SHS graduate program defines active nursing practice to include those activities that require RN licensure, employment, and utilize the nursing process to deliver or direct care.

Admission requirements

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by Graduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions Committee. 

To apply, submit the following items to be considered:

  • Online application and processing fee.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended.
  • Professional recommendations, through the online application system.
  • Personal reflection statement, as part of the online application.
  • Résumé.
  • Additional documentation may be required for international applicants.

Your active, unencumbered RN license will be confirmed during the application review process.

After the review of your application, you may be invited to have an in-person interview as part of the admissions process.

It is recommended that you talk with Graduate Admissions early in the application process in order to ensure a smooth transition into the program.

Application deadline

January 15

Enrollment policy

The general requirements for a master’s degree are consistent with those listed for the University. Additionally, the School of Health Sciences requires the following for master’s students:

  • All courses must be completed as designated on your individual curriculum plan.
  • To graduate, you must demonstrate beginning proficiency within your professional role as put forth by professional standards for practice, as well as fulfill all requirements as stated by the University.