Master of Science in Nursing
37 Hour Program
The graduate program of study leads to the Master of Science in Nursing which produces nursing leaders.
The major outcomes of the graduate program are to develop the ability to:
- Utilize knowledge from health and social sciences to address the needs of diverse populations through planned programs, education and advocacy
- Integrate knowledge about diverse populations with clinical and theoretical knowledge, research, and practice related to health promotion, disease prevention and illness
- Utilize research to provide high quality healthcare, initiate change and improve nursing practice
- Demonstrate leadership in the application of interventions and technology related to policy, organization and health care management
- Function in a role that incorporates nursing theory, research and practice into interdisciplinary activities
- Demonstrate ethical decision-making in research, evaluation, practice, leadership and management
Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for Unconditional Admission for master’s degree seeking students in nursing are:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- A satisfactory short essay under timed conditions
- A satisfactory interview with the M.S.N. program director
- An official transcript of TOEFL scores (500 written, 213 computer) for foreign students
- An official transcript in English, with translation if necessary, indicating either an earned bachelor’s degree in nursing or completion of the Transition to Graduate Nursing course as a pre-requisite for those having a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing
- Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course
- Current license to practice nursing in Texas
- Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission on an individual basis.
Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.
Degree and Graduation Requirements
Each student will be assigned an advisor to assist in preparing the graduate program of study before or during their first semester in the program. Advisors will be available throughout the program for guidance. Students must complete all course work prior to graduation.
Students who have been suspended may apply for readmission into the M.S.N. program by the procedures outlined in the Academic Probation and Suspension section of the Graduate Catalog. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis, and readmission will be granted at the discretion of the M.S.N. program admissions committee and the dean of the College of Nursing.
Transfer courses from other graduate nursing programs will be evaluated on an individual basis for acceptance.
Transition to Graduate Nursing Program
Registered nurses who have an earned bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may qualify for application to the M.S.N. program by completing the Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
NURS 5600 Transition to Graduate Nursing(6 credits)
Interested nurses contact graduate coordinator:
Eloisa Tamez, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
LHSB 2.732 (956) 882-5079
For more information visit our website at: www.utb.edu/vpaa/nursing/msn