GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 13% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #26 out of more than 144 programs nationwide.

In a first-ever ranking of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, we are no. 30, placing us in the top 20% of ranked programs. These top rankings reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Certificate Programs

To apply to any GW School of Nursing Program, you must complete the NursingCAS Online Application. No supplementary application is required.

A complete application packet will consist of the following items (all submitted via NursingCAS)

1. Official or Certified Copies of Transcripts:

  • For transcripts to be considered official, they must be in their original signed and sealed envelopes. All transcripts must be sent directly from the school to NursingCAS.
  • If you have academic records from a non-US foreign institution, an evaluated copy (completed by an accredited foreign credential agency) is required. This evaluation must be submitted regardless of whether the original transcripts are in English. Please consult the following link to find a list of accepted foreign credential evaluation services.

2. (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically via NursingCAS
  • Ideal Recommendations should come from current/recent supervisors or managers & current/recent professors
  • Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted from friends or family members

3. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Please upload your Resume/CV in NursingCAS and ensure that you have assigned the document to GWU

4. Scanned Copy of RN License

  • Upload a scanned copy of your RN license to your NursingCAS application. If your license is located online, print/scan a copy and upload this to NursingCAS.
  • This requirement does not apply if you have not yet taken the NCLEX but will take it prior to the start of the program. If admitted, you will be required to submit proof of your successful licensure.

5. Statement of Purpose

  • Compose a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study in nursing at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications (including relevant collegiate, professional, and community activities). Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form

6. Language Test Requirements

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who are not citizens of countries where English is an official language must submit official test scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • The minimum required score for the TOEFL is:
    • Internet-Based Test: 100 or above
    • Paper-Based Test: 600 or above
  • The minimum required score for the IELTS is:
    • An overall band score of 7.0
    • Individual Band Scores of 6.0 or above
  • The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for applicants who hold a degree from an accredited college or university in a country in which English is the official language and also the language of instruction at the institution.

Important Information and Reminders

Deadlines: The NursingCAS application must be received by the application deadline. All application materials must be received within two weeks of the deadline in order to be reviewed. Any incomplete applications will not be reviewed and subsequently withdrawn.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening - Following acceptance into a clinical program, new students must complete a criminal background check and urine drug screen prior to the first day of their first term. These services are supplied by Instructions for completing this are provided upon admission. 
Tuition Deposit: If you accept the offer of admission you must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500. This deposit is required of all students and will be applied toward your tuition.
Deferral: The offer of admission is valid for the semester stated in  the admissions letter. No deferrals to subsequent semesters will be offered outside of truly extenuating circumstances.

Ineligible States: Due to licensure legislation from the Louisiana state government and the Louisiana Board of Regents, the School of Nursing does not accept applications from prospective students living in Louisiana.

Notice to applicants regarding Authorization of the GW School of Nursing to operate in your state:

Individual states have the option to mandate institutional approval for all distance education nursing programs that have an in-state clinical placement component. Specific requirements/eligibility to participate as a student in clinical placements varies by state. In a small number of cases this can cause limitations on clinical placement.

If you reside, anticipate moving to, or plan to pursue clinical placements in Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, or State of Washington, please contact the GW School of Nursing Office of Admissions to ensure eligibility for clinical placement prior to applying for admission. You can reach us at or at 571-553-0138.

How to Apply

The Admissions Process

To apply to any GW School of Nursing Program, you must complete the NursingCAS Online Application. No supplementary application is required.

Please follow the links below to find specific application instructions for your degree program.