University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Administration

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) offers a 36-credit online graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing, which produces a nursing leader in the area of nursing administration.

The nursing administration option is developed to prepare nurses at the master’s degree level in nursing administration for leadership in traditional and non-traditional health care settings to meet the needs of a changing health care system. It has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

image of woman sitting on edge of desk beside computerThe graduate nursing administration option area of study provides students with a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the following areas:

  • principles of nursing administration and conceptual models of nursing
  • organization and administration of nursing organizations and departments
  • strategies to work with culturally diverse nursing groups
  • development and evaluation of nursing administration
  • applied nursing administration research

Graduates will be able to:

  • identify nursing administration’s role in strategic planning, resource management and development of supportive practice environment for staff
  • promote the inclusion of a culturally diverse staff and provide culturally sensitive client care
  • apply nursing and organizational theories and strategies to enhance the delivery of quality, cost-effective nursing care to clients
  • promote an evidence-based practice, nursing and interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities for staff

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. 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.
  2. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. 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:

  • BS in Nursing or other baccalaureate degree plus the successful completion of Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  • 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

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 two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

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 two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. Link to Graduate Studies Financial Documentation for additional information.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. Link to Graduate Studies Current Immigration Documents for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Jul 3 N/A N/A N/A
International Jun 1 N/A N/A N/A

Courses

Link to a list of the courses and options for the degree plan. To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Nursing (MSN) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Eloisa Tamez

Professor, Program Director
(956) 882-5079
eloisa.tamez@utrgv.edu

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
Admissions
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits are required to complete the MSN Nursing Administration degree plan?
    Thirty-six credits. Link to the courses required for the degree plan for more details.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    The courses are offered online. If a course requires field-based experience/practicum it is noted in the course description.
  • Is the program accredited?
    Yes. The Master of Science in Nursing Program is a member of the National League for Nursing Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is the entity within the National League for Nursing that is responsible for the accreditation of nursing education schools and programs. The Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the NLNAC.
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the program director listed above if you have additional questions about the program.

Getting Started

To participate in the program you must apply to and be accepted by UT Rio Grande Valley.