Eligibility & Admission

Application Deadlines


Summer 2024 Deadline - January 10, 2024

  • Classes Start May 20th, 2024

MSN - Nursing Leadership in Healthcare

Spring 2024 A Session Deadline - November 15, 2023

  •  Classes Start January 16, 2024

Criteria – All Tracks

To be eligible for the MSN program (all tracks), you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an unencumbered RN license from a CCNE, NLNAC, ACEN, CNEA. accredited nursing program.

Applicants without a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are eligible for our RN to MSN program.

If an individual has a non-BSN degree and an unencumbered RN license, they are still able to apply. Students admitted with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing, may need to take up to four foundational nursing courses before completing graduate-level courses, eg. statistics, research, community health nursing, and community health practicum. Non-BSN students are not eligible to apply for the Summer semesters.

If your GPA falls below a 3.0 you can still apply, but must provide a GPA explanation.

An interview via phone or Skype may be requested.

We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and the Family Nurse Practitioner Track students from the following states: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ.

Please note: Gonzaga must obtain authorization from each state in order to admit students into an online program.  The list provided here outlines the current status in order to admit student into an online program.

Application Requirements – All Tracks

If documents have been generated using artificial intelligence (AI), your application may be denied.

Official Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended.

  • If your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 please include an explanation of GPA.
  • If you previously attended Gonzaga or are a current student, please note that GU transcripts are ordered by your admissions counselor on your behalf.
Official Transcripts can be mailed or emailed to: Gonzaga University

Graduate Admissions Operations
AD Box 102
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0068

Two Recommenders

Request two letters of recommendation through the online application. One of the letters must be from a nursing supervisor. Your references will be contacted directly by us via email with directions for submitting their letters of recommendation and evaluation checklist on your behalf. Provide a minimum of two professional recommenders who can evaluate your leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, judgement, professional practice and your ability and capacity to complete a graduate degree. Supervisors or past professors are best. Please note: recommendations from family members are not accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Submit a 500-1000 word essay that is well written, organized, and includes the following:

  • Interest in the MSN program and specific track option, and what you hope to gain from the degree.
  • Professional goals and experiences
  • Personal and professional strengths
  • Why you are interested in attending Gonzaga University

Current Resume or Professional Curriculum Vitae

  • Provide an updated professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Current RN License

  • Provide proof of registered nurse license from a program accredited by CCNE, NLNAC, ACEN, CNEA.  (Screenshot acceptable)

Transferring Credits

You are able to petition to transfer between 6 and 9 credits from an accredited MSN program, depending on the track you choose. 

Transferring of credits is subject to approval from faculty and the Registrar's Office.

Military-Connected Students and Veterans

  • Currently, all active-duty military members must have permission/approval from an Education Services Officer (ESO), Military Counselor, or the Military Service prior to applying.
  • For more information on how to apply for the GI Bill and related benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs How to Apply page.
  • Visit Gonzaga’s Military & Veteran Students for more information regarding benefits and student support


Ethan Lewan
Call or Text (509) 313-6243 or (866) 380-5323
Email: gradadmissions@gonzaga.edu

Information is subject to change.