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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.

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Program Overview

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation can prepare you for a career as a nurse manager. The Master of Science 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 gain advanced knowledge and skills to function in leadership and management roles in the constantly changing healthcare environment.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $17,800 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 18-20 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $17,800 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18-20 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

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 may continue in their program without interruption.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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

  • Course content delivered via a blended learning model and online technology-enhanced courses with UTA faculty-supervised clinical experiences at partner hospitals throughout the state
  • An instructional format not linked to traditional semester schedules, which allows students to enter and progress through the program in an expedited manner

Take advantage of the high-quality UTA nursing curriculum in one of the country's top online MSN programs.

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, MSNGraduate of UTA's Online MSN in Nursing Administration Program

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

Ashley Hodo, BSNMSN online graduate



UTA is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That’s why our MSN in Nursing Administration online program offers pay-by-the course options.

$17,800 Total Tuition
$1,483.33* Per Course
$494.44 Per Credit Hour

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Our MSN in Nursing Administration online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance their professional and personal lives.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/14/2018 12/28/2018 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
2/25/2019 1/25/2019 2/8/2019 2/20/2019 2/22/2019 Spring
4/8/2019 3/8/2019 3/22/2019 4/3/2019 4/5/2019 Spring
5/20/2019 4/19/2019 5/3/2019 5/15/2019 5/17/2019 Summer
7/1/2019 5/31/2019 6/14/2019 6/26/2019 6/28/2019 Summer
8/12/2019 7/12/2019 7/26/2019 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall
9/23/2019 8/23/2019 9/6/2019 9/18/2019 9/20/2019 Fall
11/4/2019 10/4/2019 10/18/2019 10/30/2019 11/1/2019 Fall

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

icon Online Application
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icon Active RN License
icon 2 Years Experience
icon Online Application
icon Official Transcripts
icon RN License
icon 2 Years Experience

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MSN in Nursing Administration Online Admission Requirements

Residents of these states are not eligible to enroll in this UTA accelerated online program: Louisiana, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. Students residing in these states who are currently enrolled in the program may continue without interruption.

  • GRE not required for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • 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"
  • Probationary admission for students taking the GRE. GRE required for applicants with a 2.8-2.99 GPA with minimum score of 149 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, or 3.5 on the analytical writing section (best 2 of 3 sections).
  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license. Two years clinical experience in registered nursing is required.
  • International students required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) healthcare system
  • 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

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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, MSNGraduate of UTA's Online MSN in Nursing Administration Program


Students in UTA’s accelerated online RN to MSN – FNP program must complete the undergraduate general course requirements as listed below, plus the following RN to BSN courses and MSN Common Courses, as well as Family Nurse Practitioner Courses. This program is comprised of 75 credit hours, but more may be required, depending on how many general courses are required by the student.

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NURS 5311: Nursing Management in the Healthcare Environment

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Considers development of theories of leadership and organizational behavior as applied to the healthcare arena.

NURS 5327: Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.

NURS 5339: Roles and Functions of the Nurse Administrator (90 hours of clinical application required)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examine and implement administrative and managerial roles in healthcare organizations.

NURS 5340: Management Seminar and Practice

Duration: 10 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Synthesize management, organizational and leadership concepts and theories in selected healthcare settings.

NURS 5341: Financial Management in Nursing (45 hours of clinical application required)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze and apply financial management concepts to financial planning, budgeting, and reimbursement systems in healthcare.

NURS 5342: Management of Nursing Operations (45 hours of clinical application required)

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examine strategic planning for healthcare systems.

NURS 5343: Nursing Leadership and Complex 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.

NURS 5366: Principles of Research in Nursing

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.

NURS 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.

NURS 5382: Nursing and Healthcare Policy

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analyze historical, current, and predicted national, state, and local healthcare policy processes.

NURS 5308: Nursing Informatics

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.

NURS 5302: Curriculum Development and Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.

NURS 5310: Teaching/Learning Theories, Strategies, and Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.

NURS 5388: Statistics for Healthcare

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.

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Students may earn an Advanced Nursing Educator Certificate by taking an additional twelve nursing education credits 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.

Visit Graduate Nursing Advising for a list of AO Graduate advisors.

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

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