How to Apply

We are excited about your interest in applying to Northwest Nazarene University! We want to make the application process as simple as possible. If you would like to contact the admissions office please call 1-877-NNU-4-YOU or (208) 467-8000.

Each online program at NNU has a slightly different set of admission requirements. But the first step in the application process is to fill out the admission application.

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After you have submitted the admission application, you will be connected with the admission counselor for your program. At that point, you'll be asked to submit a few other materials, which may include transcripts from your previous university, recommendations from a professional colleague, and more.


Program Specific Admission Information

Some programs, particularly graduate and professional degree programs, have specific admission application requirements. Choose a program from the list below to learn more.

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  1. A completed application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (www.naces.org).

Northwest Nazarene University maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity for all students:

  • Without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or physical and documented learning disabilities
  • In administration of its educational and admissions policies, finance and operations, employment programs, student life, and services, or any other university-administered programs

Individuals applying for admission to the Adult & Professional Program in Business should complete the following:

  • Submit an application online along with the $50 application fee to the Adult & Professional Program-Business office.
  • Submit the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. NNU's school code is 001624.
  • Research other financial aid opportunities.
  • Submit recommendations from two individuals that are familiar with your ability to successfully pursue the program, but are not related to you.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and have them sent directly to the Adult and Professional Program-Business.[1]
    Northwest Nazarene University
    GAPP Admissions
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686
  • Complete enrollment process with an APP Business Program Coordinator.
  • If English is not applicant's native language, submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Acceptance will be determined when the above are met and the individual has an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all previous academic course work.[2]

[1]: An official high school transcript or GED is required from students transferring less than 28 credit. [2]: Individuals with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply for provisional acceptance for one semester.

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  1. A completed application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (www.naces.org).

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  • A completed application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services.

Individuals applying for admission to the Christian Ministry Online Program should complete the following steps:

Step 1

Submit an online application along with the $50 application fee.

Online Application

Step 2

Apply for and accept financial aid by completing the following steps:

  1. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. NNU's school code is 00-1624.
    1. Request an electronic pin number. (This may take 3 or more days and will be sent via email.)
    2. Fill out the FAFSA using the appropriate federal tax return.
    3. Sign the financial aid form with the electronic pin number.
  2. Notification will be sent of grant/loan eligibility.
  3. Return Master Promissory Note
  4. Return Stafford Loan Interview
  5. Complete Stafford Loan Interview online www.nela.net
    1. Go to Mapping Your Future Entrance Counseling link at the bottom of the web page.

Step 3

Submit letters of recommendation from two persons familiar (non-family) with the applicant's ability to successfully pursue the program. One must be from a pastor.

Recommendation Form

Step 4

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended to be sent directly to the Christian Ministry Online office.

Northwest Nazarene University
GAPP Admissions
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686

NOTE: An official high school transcript is required from students transferring less than 28 credits

Step 5

If English is not your native language, you must also submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Acceptance will be determined when the above are met AND the individual has an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all previous academic college course work. (Individuals with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply for provisional acceptance for one semester.)

Individuals applying for admission to the AA in Christian Studies program should complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an online application along with the $50 application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended to be sent directly to the NNU Online office.

Northwest Nazarene University
GAAP Admissions
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686

NOTE: An official high school transcript is required from students transferring less than 28 credits

  1. If English is not your native language, you must also submit a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Acceptance will be determined when the above are met AND the individual has an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all previous academic college course work. Individuals with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply for provisional acceptance for one semester.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Ed Leadership Evaluation from District Superintendent or designee (cannot also complete the recommendation form)
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate if applicable.
  4. Have two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines.

Admission Requirements

After receiving the application requirements, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the M.Ed. program. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the Master's Degree.
  3. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  4. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Application Requirements

The following requirements are online, mailed, by phone, or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu.
Note: application deadline for fall admission is October 15 for a January start.

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received one of the following: an Ed.S. degree OR a master’s degree and post-master’s educational leadership credits.
  3. Phone: an interview with the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.
  4. Have three online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues that provide evidence of scholarly abilities, aptitude for administration, and potential for successful completion of a doctoral program.
  5. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form completed by the applicant's current district superintendent (or designee) or by the applicant's lead supervisor.
  6. Email or mail: a 3-5 page statement of purpose in which the applicant explains (a) her/his academic and professional interests, (b) the reasons behind selecting this particular program and Northwest Nazarene University, and (c) how this degree will impact her/his role in the educational community.
  7. Email or mail: a 10-15 page research-based paper on an appropriate subject from the broad field of education that represents the applicant's analytical and writing abilities. This paper may be a representative piece of the applicant's previous work in another academic program.

Admission Requirements

After October 15 each year, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the doctoral program for the following January. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A recognized specialist degree (Ed.S.) or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester graduate credits from an academic institution that is accredited by an official regional accreditation agency. The completed Ed.S. program must meet with the approval of the Doctoral Program Director. Additional courses may be required based upon recommendations from the program director. In particular, EDUC8677 - Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research is required.
  2. Applicants who have not earned an Ed.S. degree or its equivalent should apply to the Ed.S. program before applying to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the student's Ed.S. program as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the doctoral program.
  4. For students whose native language is not English, satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as indicated by official scores. For minimum scores, see the International Students section.
  5. Competency in the use of computer and Internet technology, and either access to or ownership of appropriate computer equipment. High-speed Internet access is required.
  6. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  7. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Candidates may also be required to be interviewed by the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.

Application Requirements

The following requirements are online, mailed, by phone, or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu.
Note: application deadline for fall admission is October 15 for a January start.

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received one of the following: an Ed.S. degree OR a master’s degree and post-master’s educational leadership credits.
  3. Phone: an interview with the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.
  4. Have three online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues that provide evidence of scholarly abilities, aptitude for administration, and potential for successful completion of a doctoral program.
  5. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form completed by the applicant's current district superintendent (or designee) or by the applicant's lead supervisor.
  6. Email or mail: a 3-5 page statement of purpose in which the applicant explains (a) her/his academic and professional interests, (b) the reasons behind selecting this particular program and Northwest Nazarene University, and (c) how this degree will impact her/his role in the educational community.
  7. Email or mail: a 10-15 page research-based paper on an appropriate subject from the broad field of education that represents the applicant's analytical and writing abilities. This paper may be a representative piece of the applicant's previous work in another academic program.

Admission Requirements

After October 15 each year, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the doctoral program for the following January. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A recognized specialist degree (Ed.S.) or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester graduate credits from an academic institution that is accredited by an official regional accreditation agency. The completed Ed.S. program must meet with the approval of the Doctoral Program Director. Additional courses may be required based upon recommendations from the program director. In particular, EDUC8677 - Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research is required.
  2. Applicants who have not earned an Ed.S. degree or its equivalent should apply to the Ed.S. program before applying to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the student's Ed.S. program as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the doctoral program.
  4. For students whose native language is not English, satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as indicated by official scores. For minimum scores, see the International Students section.
  5. Competency in the use of computer and Internet technology, and either access to or ownership of appropriate computer equipment. High-speed Internet access is required.
  6. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  7. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Candidates may also be required to be interviewed by the Doctoral Program Director and designated faculty from the Department of Education.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a masters degree.
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate.
  4. Have two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines or a research paper completed during master’s courses.
  6. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the candidate’s current superintendent (or designee). The recommendation forms and the evaluation form must be from different individuals.

Admission Requirements

After receiving the application requirements, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the Ed.S. program. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For Ed.S. Director of Special Education, the master's degree must be in Exceptional Child or an equivalent field as determined by the program director.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master's program.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, or building administrator (for superintendent) based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program (Only needed for EDS Building Administrator, Director of Special Education, or Superintendant)
  4. EDS Leadership and Organizational Development requires an earned master's degree.
  5. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a bachelors degree.
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate if applicable.
  4. Have two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines.

Admission Requirements

After receiving the application requirements, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the M.Ed. program. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the baccalaureate program.
  3. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  4. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a masters degree.
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate.
  4. Have two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines or a research paper completed during master’s courses.
  6. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the candidate’s current superintendent (or designee). The recommendation forms and the evaluation form must be from different individuals.

Admission Requirements

After receiving the application requirements, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the Ed.S. program. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For Ed.S. Director of Special Education, the master's degree must be in Exceptional Child or an equivalent field as determined by the program director.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master's program.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, or building administrator (for superintendent) based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program (Only needed for EDS Building Administrator, Director of Special Education, or Superintendant)
  4. EDS Leadership and Organizational Development requires an earned master's degree.
  5. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: Official transcripts may be submitted by your institution(s)' electronic transmittal service. If your institution does not have this service, official, sealed transcripts may be mailed. Transcripts must be from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a masters degree.
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate.
  4. Have two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines or a research paper completed during master’s courses.
  6. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the candidate’s current superintendent (or designee). The recommendation forms and the evaluation form must be from different individuals.

Admission Requirements

After receiving the application requirements, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee will consider each candidate for admission to the Ed.S. program. Each candidate must have the following:

  1. A master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For Ed.S. Director of Special Education, the master's degree must be in Exceptional Child or an equivalent field as determined by the program director.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master's program.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, or building administrator (for superintendent) based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program (Only needed for EDS Building Administrator, Director of Special Education, or Superintendant)
  4. EDS Leadership and Organizational Development requires an earned master's degree.
  5. After Committee approval: Admitted student must register and pay the one-time fee for the approved accreditation and assessment software.

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  1. A completed application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (www.naces.org).

Northwest Nazarene University maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity for all students:

  • Without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or physical and documented learning disabilities
  • In administration of its educational and admissions policies, finance and operations, employment programs, student life, and services, or any other university-administered programs

Family Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program at Northwest Nazarene University is highly competitive and based on evaluation of all portions of the application. In addition to meeting the requirements of the University as described in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below:

Requirements for the Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) Applicants

  • Submit a graduate application for admission with a $50 nonrefundable application fee by May 15th for admission into the fall cohort.
  • Submit a curriculum vita.
  • Submit official transcript(s) showing the completion of your BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or univeristy.
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all nursing courses completed.
  • Verification of current unencumbered licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse within the United States.
  • International students will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Successfully complete (minimum grade of “C”) an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.
  • One year of clinical practice as a registered nurse preferred but not required,
  • Provide a Personal Goal Statement.
  • Submit three academic and/or professional recommendations (ex: supervisor, colleague, professor) to be completed online.
  • The FNP admission committee may request a pre-admission interview.  Video interviews may be arranged for applicants residing greater than 100 miles form the University campus.

Requirements for the Associate Degree RN to MSN FNP Bridge Program

  • All Associate Degree Nurses must first apply for admission to the RN to BSN program to complete the general education prerequisites and required baccalaureate nursing content.  Please see admission requirements and prerequisites to the RN to BSN program here.
  • A minimum grade of "B' (3.0) must be obtained in the prerequisite baccalaureate content nursing courses (NURS4100, 4113, 4114, 4115) for consideration of acceptance into the MSN FNP program.
  • After successful completion of the undergraduate prerequisites and baccalaureate content the associate degree nurse may then continue in the RN to BSN program or apply to the MSN FNP program by May 15th.
  • One year of clinical practice as a registered nurse required, two years of clinical practice preferred.
  • Provide a Personal Goal Statement in a 250 - 300 word essay. Please address the following items for the Nursing Admissions Committee to evaluate content and writing ability (grammar, spelling, and word use):
    • Brief background of your nursing career.
    • What is motivating you to attend NNU and why now?
    • Explain why this program is the best fit for you?
    • What do you ultimately want to do with your degree?
  • Submit three academic and/or professional recommendations (ex: supervisor, colleague, professor) to be completed online.
  • A minimum graide-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all nursing courses completed.
  • Successfully complete (minimum grade of "C") an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.
  • NOTE: Completion of the above mentioned prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission to the MSN FNP program.  The FNP admission committee may request a pre-admission interview upon review of your file.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor or Associate Degree in Nursing requirements

  • Nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Current RN Licensure in the United States/US Territory or the equivalent for international licensure.
  • Good standing with the licensing body
  • Currently employment as a Registered Nurse (RN) or experience.
  • Completion of both a Nursing Research and Statistics course with a minimum grade of "C".
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0* in all previous academic course work

Additional Requirements for Applicants with an Associate Degree in Nursing 

  • The applicant with an Associate degree must complete successfully or transfer the following prerequisites and baccalaureate nursing content before entering a MSN program).
    • Required prerequisites:
      • Statistics  
      • University Writing/Research (or equivalent)
      • Intro to Psychology
      • Intro to Sociology
    • Required nursing baccalaureate content for a MSN program:
      • NURS4100. Concepts of Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing 
      • NURS4113. Introduction to Evidence-based Practice/Nursing Research
      • NURS4114. Nursing of Diverse Communities and Populations
      • NURS4115. Nursing of Diverse Communities and Populations Lab

*__Applicants with a GPA of 2.75 - 2.99 may be admitted provisionally and are required to:**

  • Submit a professional reference that addresses their ability and potential to complete a graduate study program.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the first three graduate courses. If the student does not earn the minimum GPA of 3.0 in all MSN courses, he or she will not be permitted to progress in the MSN program.

Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the Master of Science in Nursing Program Director.

Transfer Credit

  • Students accepted into the Master of Science in Nursing program may transfer credits up to 25% of previously completed graduate work from another accredited institution.
  • All transfer credits must be approved by the Program Director.
  • Credits must have been earned within five years preceding the date of admission to NNU's Master of Science in Nursing program.

Application for Admission

Bachelor and Associate Degree in Nursing Applicants

  • Submit online application with a nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  • Submit an official transcript from the college or university where nursing degree was granted and/or from institution where applicant seeks to transfer credit(s).
  • Provide evidence of current RN licensure.
  • Provide a Personal Goal Statement in a 250 - 300 word essay.  Please address the following items for the Nursing Admissions Committee to evaluate content and writing ability (grammar, spelling, and word use):
    • Brief background of your nursing career.
    • What is motivating you to attend NNU and why now?
    • Explain why this program is the best fit for you?
    • What do you ultimately want to do with your degree?
  • Provide a professional reference if Cumulative GPA is less than 3.0***** using the Online MSN Recommendation Form addressing applicant's ability and potential to complete graduate study.
  • If English is not your native language, see "International Students" in the Admission and Financial Aid section of the catalog.

Additional Requirements for Applicants with an Associate Degree in Nursing

* Submit official transcripts verifying completion of prerequisites if transferring them from another university of college.

**Applicants with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may be admitted provisionally.

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  1. A completed application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (www.naces.org).

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

  1. A completed application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Acceptable TOEFL scores for students whose first language is not English

Transcripts from international colleges or universities, must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (www.naces.org).

Northwest Nazarene University maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity for all students:

  • Without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or physical and documented learning disabilities
  • In administration of its educational and admissions policies, finance and operations, employment programs, student life, and services, or any other university-administered programs

Admission Requirements

Students desiring the MBA degree must meet these admission requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all academic course work. (Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional acceptance.)
  3. A favorable recommendation from the School of Business Graduate Committee.

Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the School of Business Graduate Committee.

Application for Admission

Students desiring admission to the MBA program must complete the following:

  1. Submit an application online or obtain the application form from the School of Business Graduate Office. 
  2. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.
  3. Provide evidence of competency in writing skills by submitting a personal essay.
  4. Submit an official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work to the graduate office. We do not accept faxed transcripts.
  5. If you received your bachelor's degree from a school outside the US, rather than an official transcript, we will need a course-by-course transcript evaluation by a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)
  6. Submit two recommendation forms from professional colleagues familiar with your ability.
  7. If English is not your native language, submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores accepted: 550 (paper score), 213 (electronic score); 85 (Internet-based Test - iBT) with writing and speaking no less than a score of 22, and no score under 20. If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

  1. Submit application to the RN to BSN Program with a nonrefundable $50 application fee (online)
  2. Provide documentation of current, unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
  3. Submit official transcripts for ALL previous undergraduate and graduate work to:
    Northwest Nazarene University
    GAPP Admissions
    623 S. University Blvd.
    Nampa, ID 83686
  4. Provide a professional recommendation using the online RN to BSN Recommendation Form if cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 2.5 but less than 2.75*
  5. Students for whom English is not the native language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

*Applicants with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.74 may be admitted provisionally.  Provisional students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the first three nursing courses or they may not be permitted to progress in the RN to BSN Program.

Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the RN-BSN Program Director.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Application for admission to the NNU Online Program is made through the online application available at www.nnu.edu. The Admissions office receives and processes all applications for admission, assisting applicants with program specific admission requirements. Application materials needed for admission may include, and are not limited to the following:

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.

Admission Requirements

The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.

Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program.

Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:

    Northwest Nazarene University
    Graduate Admissions Dept.
    Attn: Tyler Read
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations, one from each of the following:
    • The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior; and
    • Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator. *
  4. During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.

Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score accepted for the TOEFL is 85 with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20. Required score for the IELTS is 7.0.

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived.