College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing

RN-MSN: Traditional Master of Science in Nursing

  • The traditional Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is available to well-qualified students with current RN licensure, and who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. 

    Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) track prepares graduates to provide direct care to individuals and families. Four advanced practice nurse practitioner specialties are offered: 

    Graduates are prepared for independent and collaborative decision-making in disease prevention, health promotion and maintenance, physical and psychosocial assessment, and management of health and illness. Students in each of the primary care specialties have the opportunity to develop the nurse practitioner role in under-served and community-based settings.

    Advanced Community Public Health Nurse

    The Advanced Community Public Health Nursing track prepares nurses to collaborate with community and organizational members and leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs for vulnerable populations. The specialty is designed to improve the health of communities and populations at risk by providing nurses with knowledge and skills in community and public health nursing, health promotion and illness prevention, program development, research, and consultation.

    Admission Requirements:

    • A completed Application for Graduate Admission to the College of Nursing and a nonrefundable application fee. Application materials available at  
    • Letter of intent describing professional and personal goals and fit with Seattle University and College of Nursing mission and values. 
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years sent directly from the testing agency unless you have a graduate degree from a United States regionally accredited institution. 
    • Two recommendations on Seattle University forms from people who can speak to your potential for success in advanced practice nursing. 
    • Official transcripts showing the last 90 credits of the undergraduate degree and all post-baccalaureate credits, reflecting a calculated GPA of at least 3.0. 
    • TOEFL score of 237 (computer-based) or 92 (iBT) or 580 (paper-based) is required for applicants for whom English is a second language.

    Additional Criteria for MSN Applicants:

    In addition to the general requirements above, applicants to the traditional MSN degree program need:

    • Current RN licensure with no practice restrictions.
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. 
    • Professional resume indicating nursing experience. 
    • Completion of an introductory statistics course (5 quarter credits). 

    After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be invited for an interview with faculty.