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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

General Information

Application Deadline: November 1 for fall admission
Application Available: September 1
Length of Program: 2 years full-time
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing
Part-Time Study Available? YES
Distance Learning Available? NO

About the MSN

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the opportunity for advanced study in select areas of nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry related to advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. This program requires students to have a current Registered Nurse license and hold either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma. If you do not meet this requirement, please review the Alternate Entry MSN program information. MSN students can choose from one of the following concentration areas on which to focus (click on the link for a program description and degree plan):

*See Advance Practice Degree Program Comparison for additional requirements and to learn about Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) programs.

Gerontology Portfolio: Visit Gerontology Portfolio web page to learn about Gerontology Portfolio.

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Admission Requirements for the MSN Program

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree OR Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma AND a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (BS/BA)
  2. A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GPA in upper-division work (junior- and senior- level courses) and in any graduate work completed
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within past five years (School code: 6882)
  4. Current Texas RN licensure or a license from "Nurse Licensure Compact" state

* See Advanced Degree Program Comparison for specific program requirements

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Application Procedures for the MSN Program

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 November 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 November 1st. The online application is data entry only. All supporting application documents are uploaded on the My Status Check after the application is complete.

*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

  1. Official transcripts from all four-year institutions attended. Upload a copy of the official transcript to the Status Check page and if admitted 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.
  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).

Visit the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) website for more information.

For additional details on how to prepare your graduate application materials and personal statement instructions, please view MSN Application Checklist (PDF).

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

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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 e-letter from the School of Nursing with the GAPC unofficial decision, and (2) an e-letter from GIAC with the official admission decision of the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS).

If admitted, School of Nursing compliance requirements must be met 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 GIAC only.

Please feel free to email Graduate Student Services Office if you have questions about the admission process.

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Important Forms/Documents

All files are in PDF format.

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