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Post Master's Certificates

General Information

Application Deadline: December 1 for fall admission
Application Available: September 1
Length of Program: 1 years full-time
Degree Awarded: NONE
Part-Time Study Available? YES
Distance Learning Available? NO

About the Post-Master’s Certificates

All of the Nurse Practitioner programs offer Post-Master’s Certificates. Post-Master Certificate Program students will complete the didactic and clinical hours necessary to take the national exam in their specialty area. They will not, however, earn a second MSN degree.

Advanced Practice Nursing (APN): Visit Advanced Practice Nursing web page to learn about APN programs.

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Post Masters Plans

All post masters plans are in PDF Format.

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Admission Requirements for the Post-Master’s Certificates

Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution

  1. A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GPA in MSN program
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
  3. Current Texas RN licensure
  4. Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner program must have two years full-time work experience as an RN completed at the time of application for admission-December 1.
  5. Applicants to the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program must have one year full-time work experience as an RN with children/adolescents completed at the time of application-December 1.
  6. Selection of “Post-MSN” as major choice on the online application for admission (Code 671500)
  7. Admission for Fall semester only

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Application Procedures for the Post Master's Certificates

All students applying for formal admission to the Master’s and PhD programs must complete the online application and submit the following application materials by the December 1 deadline.

Application for Admission

Complete online application for admissions and pay application fee at School of Nursing application is only open between September 1st and December 1st yearly. The online application is data entry only all supporting application documents are uploaded on the My Status Check after the application is complete.

*Note: The online application should be completed at minimum 1 week prior to the December 1 deadline to allow time for all required documents to be completed and uploaded by the deadline. Recommendation: Complete online application as early as possible to allow enough time for recommendations to be completed and submitted before the deadline.

Supporting Application Documents

Note: All materials are to be submitted electronically to the My Status Check (available two days after online application is submitted) after completion of the application on

  1. Official transcripts from all 4-year institutions attended. Upload an official copy to the Status Check page and if admitted the official hard copy transcripts are required.
    1. Transcript for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is required if applicable
  2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past five years. University code 6882, no department code required. Note: GRE scores take 10-14 days to reach UT Austin.
    1. Only required for MSN & PhD applicants / Post MSN GRE not required
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Statement of Purpose: See application checklist for content details.
    1. Maximum two (2) pages
    2. (Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced, 1-inch margins)
  5. Three references:
    1. Provide the name, position, and email address for three recommenders on the application for admissions. Recommenders are sent an email with instructions on completing the recommendation form 48 hours after the application is completed, paid and submitted.
  6. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the past two years (for International Applicants only).

For additional details on how to prepare your graduate application materials and personal statement instructions, please view following documents:

Please follow all directions carefully. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm that all materials have been received on time.

Upon application completion visit My Status Check web page to upload application documents and to track progress of your application status.

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Acceptance to Graduate Programs in Nursing

The School of Nursing Graduate Admissions and Progression Committee (GAPC) may begin preliminary admission reviews as soon as an applicant’s file is complete; however, admission decisions are not made until after the program’s application deadline. All application materials are required to be submitted by the program’s application deadline; files that remain incomplete will not be reviewed or acted upon by GAPC.

If admitted, applicants will be notified of the admission decision by early March and will receive two separate notices: (1) an unofficial e-letter from the School of Nursing informing you of the Committee’s decision, and (2) an official e-letter from the Graduate and International Admission Center notifying you of the admission decision of the Office of Graduate Studies. Acceptance by both the School of Nursing and the Office of Graduate Studies is necessary before enrollment is permitted. Please be aware that if admitted, you will be required to meet all compliance requirements at least one month prior to the first day of class.
NOTE: Email is the official means of communication for all university business.

If not admitted, applicants will be notified by the Graduate and International Admission Center only.

Please feel free to email Graduate Student Affairs Office or contact the Graduate Coordinators if you have questions about the admission process.

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