Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSN program is competitive, the admission requirements below are the minimum requirements for consideration for unconditional admission to the program.

Admission Requirements for Entry-Level and RN-B to MSN

The following application requirements pertain to the Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing program (for applicants with a non-nursing background) and the RN-B to Master of Science in Nursing program (for RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s).

Prerequisites – to be completed before the program start date (while these are required to begin the program, the application process can be started before all of the prerequisites are complete):

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GPA
  • GRE scores from within five years at or near the 50th percentile on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam, 150 in both the verbal and quantitative section (or 500 quantitative on the old scale) and 4.00 in analytic writing. (Waived for previous graduate degree from an accredited U.S. school.)
  • Completion with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or better in each prerequisite course :
    • College-level Statistics (both descriptive and inferential)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with on-site lab within last six years)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with on-site lab within last six years)
    • Developmental Psychology—Lifespan
    • Intro to Microbiology (with on-site lab within last six years)

Download the Comparable Course Guide to see courses at Washington universities and colleges which can fulfill nursing prerequisite course requirements.

We receive many questions about our pre-requisite courses. Please carefully review our FAQ page for important details about pre-requisite courses.

Questions about specific course transferability for classes not found on the list should be directed to gradnurs@plu.edu

Additional Prerequisites for RN-B to MSN Applicants:

  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License (Note: PLU will verify licensure via the Dept. of Health; do not make a copy of your RN license)
  • Nursing 430, Situations with Communities (5 semester units, offered at PLU in the spring) Note: All prerequisites must be completed by the program start date.

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum scores: 86 cumulative score, with minimum individual scores of 26 speaking, 20 writing, 20 reading, and 20 listening.
  • IELTS (academic version) minimum scores: 6.5 overall band score, with minimum individual band scores of 8 speaking, 5.5 writing, 6.5 reading, and 6.5 listening.

Admission Requirements for BSN-MSN

The following application requirements pertain to Bachelor of Science in Nursing-prepared registered nurses pursuing either the Master of Science in Nursing—Care and Outcomes Manager program, or the Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration Dual Degree program.

Pre-Requisites – to be completed before the program start date:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 ( on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative GPA
  • Current, unencumbered WA State RN License (Note: PLU will verify licensure via the Dept. of Health; do not make a copy of your RN license)
  • Completion of college-level statistics (both descriptive and inferential) with a 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Candidates should have direct care RN experience

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum scores: 86 cumulative score, with minimum individual scores of 26 speaking, 20 writing, 20 reading, and 20 listening.