​Transfer Guidelines for the Master of Science in Nursing Education 

A transcript evaluation is completed once official transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been received by WGU.  Please note that transcripts must be sent to WGU directly from the issuing institution to be considered official.  WGU does not perform unofficial evaluations or accept unofficial transcripts. The guidelines below will provide a good indication of expected transfer credit.  Official transcript evaluations will occur in the month prior to your start. Transcripts are processed in the order they are received. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor if it has been more than 15 business days since your transcripts have been received and you have not received an evaluation. Transfer credit will not be awarded for transcripts received after your first term start date. All transfer credit is specific to your current degree pathway. Should you decide to change programs at any time a new evaluation will be completed, and the appropriate credit will be awarded for the new program. 




  • Must be college level from an institution that is recognized as programmatic nursing accreditation including ACEN,CCNE, and CNEA. Must also be recognized as Nationally or Regionally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of USDE recognized National and Regional accrediting agencies, Click Here 

  • Must be from a masters level nuring program. 

  • Must have been awarded a grade of B or better taken within the past years. 

  • May not be used to fulfill more than one course of study.  

  • Must meet the competency unit and content equivalency requirements.    

  • Must meet the required timeframe indicated below. Courses older than the timeframe indicated will not be acceptable for transfer credit.  

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program. 
  • Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence or your state of employment (though you are not required to be working as an RN at the time of enrollment). Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment. RN licensure in your state of residence or employment is required to successfully complete clinical experiences. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence. Click here for more information about compact licenses.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check through American Databank and provide proof of current immunizations. Additional fees apply. 


Only the assessments listed below are eligible for transfer credit; refer to your program guide for a complete listing of program requirements.  


MSN Core 






Essentials of Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Practice 

One graduate course, equivalent to 2 units, in interpersonal communication using performance data analysis to manage change.  


Informatics for Transforming Nursing Care 

One graduate course, equivalent to 3 units, in applying informatics concepts to data-driven clinical decision-making.


Leadership and Management in Complex Heathcare Systems 

One graduate course, equivalent to 3 units, in managing diverse teams in complex systems.  


Advancing Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing Practice 

One graduate course, equivalent to 3 units, in identifying and using innovation in healthcare.  


Advanced Pathopharmacological Foundations 

One graduate course, equivalent to 3 units, in examining the impact of disease, genetics, SDOH, and medications on health outcomes.


Advanced Health Assessment for Patients and Populations 

One graduate course, equivalent to 3 units, in advanced assessment in biopsychosocial and sociocultural contexts across the lifespan.