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Eligibility 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.

Please note: We are only accepting into the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks students from the following states: WA, ID, OR, MT, CA, NV, UT, AK, WY and AZ. The list provided here outlines the current status for each state by program.View State Authorization list.

An interview via phone or Skype may be requested.

Application Requirements – All Tracks

Complete the Online Application

Pay $50 application fee (at the end of the online application). Apply online now at

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

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

Entrance Exams

MAT or GRE waived:

  • If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

MAT or GRE required:

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 or
  • If you attended a university that does not issue a cumulative GPA.

If required, please request official MAT or GRE scores be sent ot Gonzaga University.

  • Test scores must be less than five years old.
  • Prepare to take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) by going to or call 1-800-622-3231.
  • Use school code 2282 for MAT or school code 4330 for GRE.

Current Resume or Professional Curriculum Vitae

Provide an updated professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Current Registered Nurse License

Provide proof of registered nurse license from a program accredited by CCNE or ACEN.

Transferring Credits

If you would like to petition for transfer credits from another program please download the “Permission to Transfer Graduate Credits” form and submit it with an accompanying syllabus and official transcripts.

International Students

In addition to the above application requirements, international students must also submit the following documents:

Proof of English language

  • TOEFL score of 88 or
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or
  • Verification of English language proficiency from the Gonzaga University ISSS office or
  • An official recommendation from Gonzaga University’s English Language Center.

International Transcripts

  • Submission of foreign transcripts in the original language and a certified English copy and
  • Official transcript/degree evaluation from Gonzaga University’s ISSS office or
  • WES/ECE evaluation

Copy of passport picture page

  • If the applicant does not have a passport, a copy of identification card from the home country is required.

Note: International students cannot receive an I-20 from enrolling in the online program.  For more information on the International Student Program please call 509-313-6563.

Information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.

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