Application Process:

 Baccalaureate prepared students 

  1. Submit online MSN application with a nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from the college or university where nursing degree was granted and all institutions from where applicant seeks to transfer credit(s).
  3. Provide evidence of current RN licensure.
  4. Provide a Personal Goal Statement:
The Admissions committee will evaluate the goal statement for content and writing ability (grammar, spelling, word use).  A significant amount of communication in an online program is written, and writing skills are essential.  The goal statement gives you the opportunity to tell the admission committee about yourself.  In a 300-500 word essay, please address the following:
  • Brief background of your nursing career.
  • What is motivating you to attend NNU and why now?
  • Explain why this program is the best fit for you?
  • What are your goals after completing the degree?
  1. Complete an interview with the admissions committee.
  2. If English is not the applicant's native language, see "International Students" in the Admission and Financial Aid section of this catalog.
Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degree RN Applicants:
Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership and Education program at Northwest Nazarene University is highly competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. In addition to meeting the requirements of the University as described in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) RN to MSN: Leadership and Education Admission Requirements: 
  • All nurses holding an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree must first apply for admission to the RN to BSN program to complete the required baccalaureate nursing content courses.  Please see admission requirements and prerequisites for the RN to BSN program. ·        
  • A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) must be obtained in the prerequisite baccalaureate content nursing courses (NURS4100, NURS4113, NURS4114) for consideration of acceptance into the MSN: Leadership and Education program. 
  • After successful completion of the undergraduate prerequisites and baccalaureate content the associate degree nurse may then continue in the RN to BSN program or apply to the MSN: Leadership and Education program by May 15th (fall admission) or September 15 (spring admission)
  • One year of clinical practice as a registered nurse is required, two years of clinical practice preferred.
  • Provide a personal goal statement
  • Submit three academic or professional recommendations (ex: supervisor, colleague, professor) to be completed online.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all nursing courses completed.
  • Successfully complete (minimum grade of “C”) an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.  
Students with an associate degree other than an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science will not be eligible to apply to the MSN: Leadership and Education program
NOTE: Completion of the above mentioned prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission to the Leadership and Education program.  The Leadership and Education admission committee may request a pre-admission interview upon review of your file