Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration Online

Prepare to take on leadership roles and build upon your advanced nursing skills with our accelerated MSN in Nursing Administration online program.

Apply by: 4/26/24
Start class: 5/20/24
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Program Overview

Discover our online MSN Nursing Administration program

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation can prepare you for a career in nursing management. The Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Administration (MSN) incorporates contemporary management theory and core competencies, enabling our graduates to function in a variety of healthcare settings.

The MSN in Nursing Administration program builds on a foundation of undergraduate nursing education and practical experience. Our graduates develop advanced knowledge and abilities to function in leadership and management roles in the constantly changing healthcare environment.

Key elements of UTA's MSN in Nursing Administration program include:

  • Knowledge and preparation acquired through course content in a workplace environment inclusive of nursing theory, research, evidence-based practice, nursing informatics, management, leadership, financial management, nursing operations, roles and functions of the nurse administrator, and healthcare policy
  • Course content delivered via a blended learning model and online technology-enhanced courses. Practicum experiences occur through application of knowledge learned in healthcare facilities in which Administrative Senior Nurses are present. UTA faculty guide, coach and mentor students in the practicum assignments.
  • An instructional format not linked to traditional semester schedules, which allows students to enter and progress through the program in an expedited manner
  • Qualifications to apply for national certification exams in nursing leadership and nursing administration offered by ANCC and AONL and/or academic progression to doctoral PhD or DNP programs

This CCNE-accredited nursing program advances your leadership skills in the growing field of nursing and prepares you for exciting roles, such as:

  • Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Program Administrator
  • Director of Case Management
  • Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Program Administrator
  • Director of Case Management

State Authorization

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

Also available:

UTA offers a wide variety of nursing programs online. Check out all of our online nursing programs.

Total Tuition $17,800
Duration As few as 19-22 months
Credit Hours 36


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The baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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"...Having my master's degree has helped me get to where I am."

Ashley Hodo, UTA MSN online graduate


Choosing our online program is cost-effective

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That's why this online program offers pay-by-the course options.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $17,800
Per Credit Hour $494.44
UTA testimonial kelly ward

“For me, online education was the only option I had, since I had a Monday-through-Friday job with young children. Really, I couldn't have asked for an easier way to go back to school. It really was great.”

Kelly Ward

UTA MSN online graduate

UTA testimonial joy smoot

“In the leadership classes, you learn a lot of different types of processes and even doing case studies where you're talking about different ways to engage things. I learned a lot of management and leadership skills. It's challenging, but you won't regret it when you're done. You'll be glad you did it. It does open up doors and also helps you grow in your career.”

Joy Smoot

UTA MSN online graduate


Our course schedule is designed for flexibility

The MSN in Nursing Administration online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your professional and personal schedule.

8-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment Due
Spring III4/1/243/13/243/20/243/29/24
Summer I5/20/244/26/245/10/245/17/24
Summer II7/1/245/31/246/14/246/28/24
Fall I8/19/247/19/248/2/248/16/24
Fall II9/30/248/30/249/13/249/27/24
Fall III11/4/2410/4/2410/18/2411/1/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 4/26/24
Class Starts 5/20/24

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Ready to apply? Check our admission requirements for the online MSN in Nursing Administration

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step toward changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Active RN license
  • Work experience*

Online Admission Requirements

  • Unconditional admission for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Probationary admission for applicants with 2.8-2.99 GPA
  • Graduate School requires that the BSN come from a university that is regionally accredited. The College requires that the Nursing program be CCNE or ACEN accredited.
  • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license.
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement includes minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0

*Applicants who meet all the admission requirements listed above but have fewer than 2 years of clinical experience may be granted provisional admission.

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Learn more about our admission requirements, review the nursing handbook and policies, and discover tips for success on the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) page.


Take a look at the online MSN Nursing Administration curriculum

The MSN in Nursing Administration program consists of 12 courses. MSN degree courses vary in length from 5 to 10 weeks. Students must follow the exact sequence of courses as prescribed by the College of Nursing.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Considers development of management and organizational theories as applied to healthcare organizations and their environment.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examine and implement administrative and managerial roles in healthcare organizations.
Duration: 10 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Synthesize management, organizational and leadership concepts and theories in selected healthcare settings.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analyze and apply financial management concepts to financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursement systems in healthcare.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examine strategic planning for healthcare systems.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analyze leadership strategies in current and predicted healthcare systems including dimensions of workforce and workplace issues, leadership, and evidence-based decision making.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local healthcare policy processes.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of healthcare data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used.
One nursing elective required.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills to effectively use biostatistics in different research design and data analysis, and to understand articles in related professional journals.

Additional Information

Students may earn an Advanced Nursing Educator Certificate by taking an additional twelve credit hours with their program. For more information, please contact your advisor.

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

To see which courses are going to be offered on each start date, download the course schedule.

* Per-course tuition based on 3-credit hour courses.

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