The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide the opportunity for advanced study in select areas of nursing science, professional foundations, related sciences, and modes of systematic inquiry related to advanced and specialized professional nursing practice. This program requires students to have a current Registered Nurse license and hold either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, or a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma.

MSN students can choose from one of ten concentration areas on which to focus:

  • Child Health with Role Specialty in Administration, Public Health Nursing, or Teaching
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult – Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Holistic Adult Health with Role Specialty in Administration or Teaching
  • Maternity with Role Specialty in Administration, Public Health Nursing, or Teaching
  • Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems Management
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Public Health Nursing

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree ORAssociate Degree in Nursing or Nursing DiplomaAND a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (BS/BA)A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable GPA in upper-division work (junior- and senior- level courses) and in any graduate work already completedCompletion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within past five years Current Texas RN licensure English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin generally support themselves in one of the following ways: departmental aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; fellowships administered by the Office of Graduate Studies; need-based financial aid administered by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), and outside funding or employment.

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