Application Timeline

IMPORTANT: Application portal through NursingCAS will be open on August 25th, 2016 for the 2017-2018 MSN cohort. 


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

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 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.

For the application portal to work correctly, you need to go all the way to the end and hit submit. You do not have to have all of your items uploaded to hit submit. Until you hit submit, we cannot see your portal or application, and we cannot match your supporting materials to your application. Once you hit submit you will have access to real-time information about your application items as well as weekly reminders about your application. You CAN go back to upload additional items once you submit the portal.

How to Apply

Step one – create your application portal account and enter your letter of recommendation details.

Create your application portal account, enter in your letter of recommendation details,  and pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee via our application portal. Be sure to go all the way to the end and hit submit! Yes, you can go back and upload additional materials after hitting submit.

Enter 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. Visit our FAQs page for a list of questions that recommenders will see on the form.

Make sure to record your login and pin and go all the way to the end and hit submit!

Step two – submit all required supporting items below:

(Did you hit “submit” on your application portal? Do that first before sending us additional materials!)

Official transcripts: Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Studies (PLU graduates do not need to send their PLU transcripts) . We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Have them sent to If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcripts to:

Graduate Programs and Continuing Education
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S
Tacoma, WA 98447

Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit a course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).

GRE scores: Have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing institution. Our institution code is 4597.

Resume: Upload your resume via the online application portal that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards. You can also submit this later via the application portal by logging in and clicking on the “checklist” button.

Statement of  Goals : Upload your statement via the online application portal. You can also submit this later via the application portal by logging in and clicking on the “checklist” button. The statement should not exceed four double-spaced pages. Please reference your name on each page. You should include the following information in your statement:

  • Discuss why you are interested in a career in nursing.
  • Describe how the MSN program at PLU will fulfill your career goals.

Submit the Online School of Nursing Graduate Application Addenda Packet. It can be saved and worked on

The following checklist items are a part of the MSN Addenda Packet:

  • Questions Relative to Licensure form
  • Educational Background and Transfer Credit Policy form with required attachments
  • Washington State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit & Request for Conviction Criminal History Record with attached cashier’s check or money order ($15 made out to PLU School of Nursing)
  • Policy/Procedures Regarding English Proficiency form
  • Essential Qualifications of Nursing Students Statement
  • Post-master’s candidates only:  verification of clinical practicum hours form

Download, sign, and send by mail the WA State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit and WA State Patrol Background Check, along with a $15.00 cashiers check or money order to:

Graduate Programs
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447

Step three – check what items have been received and what is missing via the application portal.

The portal will indicate when your application is complete. Your admission decision will be sent via email, not via the portal.

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must :

Send official TOEFL or IELTS score report directly to PLU from ETS or the British Council. Score requirements can be found here.

Submit a copy of your Passport picture page

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

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support