Eligibility & Admission

Application Deadlines

  • MSN - FNP or PMHNP - January 15, 2019
  • Classes Start May 20, 2019 or August 2019
  • MSN - Health Systems Leadership - Deadline - January 23, 2019
  • Classes Start - March 18, 2019

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 or ACEN accredited nursing program.

If an individual has a non-BSN degree and an unencumbered RN license, they are still able to apply. Students who are admitted without a bachelor’s degree in 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.

If your GPA falls below a 3.0 you can still apply, but must provide a GPA explanation and official entrance exam (GRE or MAT) scores from the last 5 years.

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 Tips

Application Requirements – All Tracks

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
Virtual Campus Admissions
502 E. Boone Avenue Spokane, WA 99258-0068 guonlineadmissions@gonzaga.edu

Two Recommenders

Request a minimum of two letters of recommendation through the online application. 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 or ACEN.  (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.


Amy Smith
Call or Text (509) 313-6243 or (866) 380-5323
Email: smitha2@gonzaga.edu

Information is subject to change.