Admission Criteria

Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Education

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or other baccalaureate degree plus the successful completion of NURS 5600
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Submission of a short essay including reason for seeking admission, anticipated personal gain, relevant preparation, and future professional plans.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course.
  • Holding an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in their state of residence.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs. Immunization Compliance Student Form

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utpa.edu/gradschool .

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA).
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. 

Information about the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Education.