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 four majors):
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric
    • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
    • Nursing Administration and Leadership
    • Nursing Education

Admission Requirements (Online Graduate Application)

Application deadlines:

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

Admission to the graduate program is open to qualified registered nurses.

Admission is competitive and an individualized approach is used to identify applicants with demonstrated academic achievement and potential, who have a strong motivation to succeed in academic study and professional practice, and the potential to function as a leader in advanced practice and healthcare delivery or nursing education. The applicant’s GPA, 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:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school or university
  • 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)
  • 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 Education 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, 250-350 words, demonstrating written communication skills. This essay should describe your experience and career goals, and discuss how the MSN 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

If accepted, you are required to enroll in an online writing course offered by the TCU graduate nursing program. You must successfully complete this online writing course in order to progress to coursework. There is a $350 charge for the course which is due at time of acceptance.

For more information or questions contact:
Graduate Nursing
817.257.6726 (o)
817.257.8383 (f)

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, Texas Christian University (TCU), is currently unable to accept new applications for admissions to our distance education programs and courses from students residing in Massachusetts. TCU is also unable to allow for-credit field experiences, including internships, clinical, and practicums to take place in this states. We regret this restriction as it is our goal to offer a quality education to students everywhere.

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