Master of Science in Nursing

The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers an innovative Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). All didactic coursework is online.

  • MSN (There are three majors):
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)-There are two role foci for the CNS major: adult/gerontology nursing or pediatric nursing.
    • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
    • Nursing Education

Admission Requirements (Online Graduate Application)

Application deadlines:

  • February 1 for Summer semester
  • July 1 for Fall semester
  • September 1 for Spring semester

Admission is competitive and an individualized approach is used to identify applicants with demonstrated academic achievement and potential, who have strong motivation to succeed in academic study and professional practice, and the potential to function as a leader in advanced practice and health care delivery or nursing education. The applicant's grade point average (GPA), performance on standardized exams, writing and speaking skills, and prior professional experience are used to assess applicants for admission. A profile of each applicant is developed based on an admission portfolio consisting of:

  • Evidence of current unencumbered licensure in the state of Texas or the state in which practicum course work will occur
  • Evidence of current CPR certification that meets facilities' requirements
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) from the basic nursing program. (Two official transcripts must be sent from each institution) (International transcripts should be sent with an evaluation from a transcript credentialing service)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • A preferred work history (resume) that includes two years of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse in an area of adult, gerontology, or pediatric care if entering the CNS or Nurse Educator major.
  • A preferred work history that includes two years of full-time experience or its equivalent as a registered nurse, if entering the CNL major.
  • For applicants for whom English is a second language, demonstrated English language proficiency is measured by an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
  • An essay (no more than 250-350 words) demonstrating written communication skills. This essay should describe your experience and career goals, and discuss how the program at TCU can help you achieve those goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation, of which two are from healthcare professionals and the third is preferably from an instructor in the basic nursing program. Click here for form.
  • Please send application materials to the:
    Master of Science in Nursing Program
    Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    TCU Box 298627
    Fort Worth, Texas 76129

For more information or questions contact:

Mary Jane Allred, Administrative Program Specialist
817.257.6726 (o)
817.257.8383 (f)
m.allred@tcu.edu

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