RN to Master of Nursing

Two students enjoying a nursing class

The program is designed for licensed RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field and wish to go on for a master’s degree in nursing. You may start the program in spring or fall semester.

Application deadlines are:

  • Fall: Dec. 1
  • Spring: July 1

The RN to MN program requires 37 credit hours. Some students may need additional courses to bridge their current degree to master’s-level course work. The typical student completes the program in two to three years full-time or three to four years part-time. The Graduate School allows six years.

Track options:

Courses are hybrid, a flexible mix of online and on-campus formats. Most classes meet no more than five times per semester, with the remaining work online.

You may complete clinical course work at a variety of sites. Border Bill students may complete clinicals in either Oregon or Washington if they have a Washington license.

For further details, including nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

For further details, including required courses, prerequisites and nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

Careers and salary

Master’s-level nurses may work as faculty members for associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in nursing; manage nursing units; work in public health as nurses or administrators; specialize in informatics, transitional care, outreach, training or health education; or serve as administrators of acute or chronic care.

Salary varies by location and specialty, but most MN-prepared nurses can expect an average starting salary ranging from $45,000-$80,000.

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply for pre-application and application requirements.