Apply Now for Summer 2020

For questions about completing the application, schedule a phone appointment with the Graduate Admission Specialist.

Application Timeline

For summer start (classes begin early June):
Priority deadline: December 1
Final deadline: January 15

Available for: ELMSN, RN-B to MSN, BSN to MSN (all focus areas except for Nurse administrator), BSN to MSN/MBA dual degree

For fall start (classes begin early September):
March 1

Available for BSN- MSN/MBA dual degree and BSN to MSN Nurse Administrator focus only.

Applications are accepted at any time during the year, however, application submitted by the priority deadline will enhance applicants’ potential for admission and for arranging financial assistance. Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Apply Early

It will take as much as 4 weeks for NursingCAS to complete verification, please submit your application early.


Official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly, not PLU.

Application Process

Applications are processed through NursingCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs. All official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS, not PLU.

Follow the steps below to submit your application. If you have questions, contact the Graduate Application Specialist.

  • Create your application account via the online application portal (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – The term when you plan to begin the program
    • Institution – Pacific Lutheran University
    • Programthe nursing program you are apply for
  • Complete all required application questions.
  • Complete Nursing licensure information and questions

Provide two references via the online application portal.

  • This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. References may be academic or professional.

Upload professional resume

Upload statement of professional goals:

  • Please compose a formal essay (max 5000 characters) about your educational and professional goals in nursing as they relate to the MSN program and its outcomes.

Pay the nonrefundable application processing fee.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates also need to submit PLU transcripts to NursingCAS.
  • See NursingCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • NursingCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. NursingCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select NursingCAS.
  • Include your full NursingCAS ID number when entering the NursingCAS mailing address.
  • See NursingCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE is no longer required for Summer 2020 application. If you have taken the test and would like to include it in your application materials, please request scores report be sent to NursingCAS directly from the testing institution. Our institution code for NursingCAS is 2346.

Based on application review you may be invited for a phone interview. Applications received by December 1 will receive notification about the interview in January. Applications received by January 15, will be notified in February.

In addition to the documents listed in the above sections, please also submit the following materials:

  • International transcripts Evaluation – Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be evaluated by one of the following two agencies for course-by-course conversion and an overall GPA calculation.
    • Evaluation report along with the certified copy of your transcripts must be mailed directly to NursingCAS by the evaluation agency.
    • World Education Services (WES) – Select the WES ICAP package
    • SpanTran – Select the Course Analysis (GPA included) service type. Click this link to download the Request Form for PLU and email to SpanTran.
  • English translation is also required if the documents are in a language other than English. Translation must be provided by recognized translation services.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS score report through NursingCAS. Score requirements can be found here.

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit (if admitted)
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months. English translation is required if the documents are not issued in English.

This is not a part of the online application. You will be invited to complete the background check via CastleBranch if admission is offered. School of Nursing will provide you the instructions at that time.

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please contact NursingCAS Customer Service at: (617) 612-2880 or