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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

General Information

Application Deadline: December 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 ten concentration areas on which to focus (click on the link for a program description and degree plan):

*Please see Advance Practice Degree Program Comparison for additional requirements.

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

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

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Admission Requirements for the MSN Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree OR Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma AND a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (BS/BA)

  1. 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 already completed
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within past five years (School code: 6882)
  3. Current Texas RN licensure
  4. Selection of “Nursing” as major choice on the online application for admission (Code 671610)
  5. Admission for Fall semester only
  6. Please 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 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 MSN Application Checklist (PDF).

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 Services Office if you have questions about the admission process.

UT School of Nursing is planning revisions to some of their MSN program options starting Fall 2016. Further information will be available Fall 2014.

Current and continuing options include:

  • Advanced Practice MSN degrees: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Revised options will focus on:

  • Healthcare Leadership in Diverse Settings: This innovative degree prepares the nurse to provide leadership for patient-centered health delivery roles in a variety of settings. Students will be allowed to focus their program in clinical settings and build an ongoing portfolio to demonstrate competence. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in clinical and educational settings. 

The revised options will be available to those applying to the traditional MSN program for Fall of 2016.

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Important Forms/Documents

All files are in PDF format.

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