Nursing Administration (MSN) - Online Program


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Administration Online Program is designed for those who are interested in leadership and administration as nurse leaders. The degree in nursing administration utilizes knowledge through planned programs, education and advocacy. Demonstrating leadership in the application of interventions and technology is related to policy, research, organization and health care management.

Nurse Administrator Specialty Outcomes

The student successfully completing the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Administration  will be able to:

  1. Apply theories, research and conceptual models from nursing and related disciplines to facilitate clinical and administrative decision-making.
  2. Integrate the use of communication skills, information systems and technology in relation to nursing administration.
  3. Develop collaborative relationships and partnerships that are interdisciplinary to improve the environment in which health care is delivered.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and ethical decision-making in conceptualization, design, implementation, and evaluation of health care delivery systems across the health care continuum.
  5. Provide leadership in human resources development, education, and management to improve nursing care across diverse populations.

This program is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in nursing administration, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN)
  2. Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course
  3. A short essay including reason for seeking admission, anticipated personal gain, relevant preparation, and future professional plans
  4. Holding an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in their state of residence
  5. Cleared Criminal background check
  6. Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Heath for students in health-related academic programs
  7. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. 

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Graduate Programs

Each student will be assigned an advisor to assist in preparing the graduate program of study before or during their first semester in the program. Advisors will be available throughout the program for guidance. Students must complete all course work prior to graduation.

Students who have been suspended may apply for readmission into an M.S.N. program by the procedures outlined in the Academic Probation and Suspension section of the Graduate Catalog. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis, and readmission will be granted at the discretion of the MSN program’s admissions committee.

Transfer courses from other graduate nursing programs will be evaluated on an individual basis for acceptance.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 21 Hours

NURS 6301Theoretical Foundations in Nursing


NURS 6302Research in Nursing


NURS 6303Statistics in Nursing


NURS 6308Nursing Informatics


NURS 6367Advanced Leadership, Policy and Population Health


NURS 6381Holistic Approaches to Chronic Disorders


NURS 6382Evidence-Based Nursing Practice


Practice Courses - 12 Hours

NURS 6370Nursing Administration Concepts and Theories


NURS 6371Health Care Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution


NURS 6372Health Care Finance


NURS 6374Clinical Leadership in Nursing with Clinical Practice


Capstone Requirement - 3 Hours

NURS 7304Advanced Practice Intervention Project with Clinical Practice


Total Credit Hours: 36