Master of Nursing

Program overview

Program overview

Offering two degree options, the Master of Nursing and the Master of Nursing, Administrative Leadership, students have the opportunity to select the option that best supports and prepares them for their graduate education and professional career goals.

The program is now offered in a hybrid format. Courses meet only twice per month; bi-weekly on Fridays (typically on the odd weeks of the academic quarter). The online weeks consists of self-directed online activities. 

  • Master of Nursing
    Students selecting the Master of Nursing create an individualized focus area under the guidance of a Scholarly Chair. Many student elect a nursing education, population health, policy, or nursing research focus area.
  • Master of Nursing, Administrative Leadership
    In collaboration with the UW Bothell graduate business program, students may select our Master of Nursing, Administrative Leadership by completing a set of leadership coursework designed specifically for our program by the Business graduate faculty who also teach the leadership courses.

All students enroll in a set of core coursework and complete a minimum of 100 hours of practicum (practice hours/fieldwork) as part of the Pathway Planning, Practicum, and Portfolio coursework guided by the student's Scholarly Chair.

The practice hours/fieldwork component in the second year permits substantive experience in a variety of settings in order to examine advanced nursing roles and apply core concepts into the real-world context of heath care. Students also complete a scholarly reflective portfolio guided by the student's Scholarly Chair.

Curriculum and credit structure 

The program consists of 44 credits of curriculum; core, elective and pathway planning and portfolio coursework.  The curriculum highlights scholarly inquiry, health care systems, policies, and social issues related to the pressing health issues facing our state, nation, and the global community. Central to curriculum is the development of leadership skills in practice, research and education through theory, research methods, health care policy, and program development and evaluation.  Core nursing values emerge through coursework in ethics, aesthetics, diversity and social justice. 

Course of study options

The course of study is completely hybrid. Courses meet only twice per month; every other Friday on the odd weeks of the quarter. 

Part time and three quarter program plans are available and based on a cohort model. Part-time students complete the program in eleven quarters with summer session included. Three-quarter time students complete the program in seven quarters with summer session included. 

Program start

The program admits each fall quarter. Students may select to take courses as a graduate non-matriculated (GNM) student before fall quarter, allowing students get a head start and try out the program before formally applying.

Nursing accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program at the University of Washington Bothell is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791  (

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More information about the School of Nursing and Health Studies at UW Bothell may be found at For more information on the MN degree and admissions, attend and information session or meet with the MN advisor.


Why choose the UW Bothell Master of Nursing program? 

The UW Bothell Master of Nursing degree received top rankings from the US News and World  Report!


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