Eligibility & Admission

Application Deadlines


  • Spring 2025 MSN - FNP or PMHNP Application Is Open!

    • Application Deadline: August 10, 2024

    • Classes Start January 13, 2025

MSN - Nursing Leadership in Healthcare

  • Fall A Session Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Application Is Open!

    • Application Deadline: June 26, 2024

    • Classes Start August 27, 2024


  • To be eligible for the MSN programs 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

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. 

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.

Non-BSN students

If you have a non-BSN degree and an unencumbered RN license, you are still eligible.

  • 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.


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

Information is subject to change.