Master of Science in Nursing Administration

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The graduate program of study leads to the Master of Science in Nursing Administration which produces nursing leaders and administrators.

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About the Program

  • Complete in as few as 36 months
  • 18 required credit hours + 12 practice courses + 6 Capstone requirement credit hours
  • $589.43 per credit hour

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


  • School Nursing
  • Clinical and Educational Research
  • Program Coordinator
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Administration
  • Program Development


The Master of Science in Nursing and all degrees at the university are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Science in Nursing is also accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

National League for the Nursing Accrediting Commission
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Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000, FAX 404-975-5020


Required Courses

NURS 6208: Nursing Informatics
NURS 6301: Theoretical Foundations in Nursing
NURS 6302: Research in Nursing
NURS 6303: Statistics in Nursing
NURS 6382: Evidence‐Based Nursing Practice
NURS 6474: Leadership, Policy and Population Health

Practice Courses

NURS 6370: Nursing Administration Concepts and Theories
NURS 6371: Health Care Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution
NURS 6372: Health Care Finance
NURS 6374: Clinical Leadership in Nursing

Capstone Requirement
Choose one of the following options:


NURS 7300: Thesis I Proposal
NURS 7301: Thesis II


NURS 7302: Practice Intervention Project
Nursing Elective

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.


Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic July 1 December 1 N/A N/A
International June 1 December 1 N/A N/A

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Tuition and Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown

  • $21,219.48* Total program cost
  • $589.43 Per credit hour
  • $1,254.29 Per 3-credit course

*Tuition and fee rates shown above are proposed rates for the 2015-2016 academic year. We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Approved tuition and fee rates for UTRGV should be available prior to the fee payment deadline.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $32

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If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call us at 956-882-6552 or 956-665-3661 or email

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 personal statement of goals
  • 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.

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Program Contact

Program Director: Dr. Eloisa Tamez
Phone: (956) 882-5079