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Graduate Degree Program

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers options for a major in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education. The nursing administration major will prepare graduates to assume leadership roles for unit, department, service line, or the system-level of health care organizations. The major in nursing education will prepare graduates to teach patients, families, health care consumers, nurses, and nursing students.


All nursing graduate students complete 11 credit hours of the core courses. Students complete 24-25 credit hours of coursework in the chosen major. There are two courses which include clinical in each major. Each student chooses one of three degree completion options to finish the program of study. The total course credit hours vary from 39 to 42 depending on major and degree completion option chosen.

Course Delivery

Courses are taught using a hybrid or blended learning approach which combines traditional face-to-face classroom and simulation sessions with online learning activities through the Blackboard course management system. Nursing faculty are working with the College of Business Administration faculty to broaden the nursing graduate student’s experience. Some courses in both majors are taught by faculty from the College of Business Administration; the format for these courses is face-to-face and/or online.

Eligibility to Apply

Registered nurses with a bachelor of science degree in nursing are invited to apply. Also, registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing are invited to apply to the RN to MSN alternate entry option. Application Information

Applications are due by June 1st. Course work begins fall semester.

The baccalaureate and masters programs at Tarleton State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

TSU's Master of Science in Nursing program offers two majors: Nursing Administration or Nursing Education.

A streamlined RN to MSN option is available. 
Contact Jennifer J. Yeager, PhD, RN, Director of the Graduate Nursing Program for more details