Texas Master's Degree in Nursing

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Texas MSN Programs

Texas is host to a variety of MSN programs. For those who are looking to pursue an MSN program in this state, there is no shortage of options, both online and in the classroom. With all of these options, it should be easy to find one that fits an individual schedule.

While an associate's or bachelor's degree is enough to become licensed as a registered nurse, MSN programs offer the opportunity to specialize and gain valuable expertise. This expertise is likely to open doors to new career opportunities, which may come with a higher salary. Whether an individual wishes to become a nurse educator or part of administrator or to continue focusing on clinical care, attending an MSN program is a great way for Texas nurses to take a career to the next level.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

For those who prefer on-campus learning and crave interaction with instructors and fellow students, a traditional program format may be best. The University of Phoenix offers the MSN at its Dallas campus for the Informatics and Nursing/Healthcare Education Majors. Other MSN program majors are offered online. The University of Phoenix's MSN programs vary in terms of credit hours, depending on the chosen track.

For those who think an online program format may work best, there are numerous options. There are many online colleges and universities, as well as traditional universities who offer online degree programs designed for individuals with busy schedules. Western Governors University and Grand Canyon University both offer examples of accredited online MSN programs.

Western Governors University's CCNE accredited MSN program offers two different pathways: Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership. Both program curriculums consist of 38 credits and can be completed in 2-2.5 years.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is another example of an accredited online program that can be completed from anywhere in the nation. GCU offers a variety of different master's degree programs, each with its own focus area. These MSN specialties include Clinical Nurse Specialist with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN with Emphasis in Health Care Informatics, and MSN with Emphasis in Nursing Education. These, among others, are great opportunities to broaden a nursing education. GCU also offers post-master's certification programs for advanced practice. Depending on the chosen pathway, the curriculum ranges from 36-53 credits includes up to 650 supervised clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary, but the following is common for Texas programs:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Actively employed as RN at time of application and enrollment
  • Criminal background check
  • Admission interview


The cost to obtain an MSN degree varies by program and is subject to change. Program cost at the University of Phoenix ranges from $20,065-$32,125. The cost of tuition to attend Western Governors University is from $9,750-$16,250, depending on how long it takes one to earn his or her degree (tuition is charged by six-month period, rather than by credit).

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Texas

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
2149 Hickory Street
Abilene, TX 79601
University of Texas
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
University of Texas - Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
Lamar University
4400 MLK Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77710
West Texas A&M University
2403 Russell Long Blvd.
Canyon, TX 79015
Baylor University
1311 S 5th St Waco
Dallas, TX 76798
University of Texas - Pan American
1201 W University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
University of Texas - El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555
Prairie View A&M College
6436 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Texas Woman's University
6700 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
Texas Technical University
2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
University of Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Texas MSN Degree Prerequisites

Texas nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Texas, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Texas and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Texas RN to MSN programs

Those holding Texas RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Texas MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Texas, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Texas Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Texas grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Texas, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Texas.

Texas MSN Degree Resources

Here are some good examples of MSN degree programs in Texas. With the second highest number of accredited MSN programs of any state in the US, Texas nursing students are sure to find a program that fits their needs and interests.

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