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Leadership and Administration in Nursing, M.S.N.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) San Marcos, TX, United States
The 36-hour Master of Science in Nursing major in Leadership and Administration in Nursing (MSN-LAN) at Texas State University hybrid post-professional master’s degree program will prepare post-baccalaureate nurses and post-master’s nurses to practice in leadership and administrative roles in a variety of health care institutions.


Participants seeking career advancement opportunities through graduate education for top nurse executive positions, care/service line nurse executive roles, and primary care/population-based manager positions will be prepared to effectively translate innovative practice models and expertly direct the delivery of health care across organizational models. 

The graduate of the Leadership and Administration in Nursing MSN at Texas State University will skillfully translate research and become an expert in using evidenced-based practice knowledge to direct individual and population health care. The acquisition of advanced knowledge and clinical judgment will afford society a fully educated nurse leader who champions accountable care for improvement in health outcomes. 


Overall, the MSN-LAN program will position the post-professional Registered Nurse (RN) graduate to exhibit transformational leadership to effect and generate health policy development, organizational and systems development, evidence-based care, and evaluation of health care delivery in collaboration with inter-professional teams and partners.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Human Resource Management in Healthcare Facilities
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Principles of Healthcare Finance for Clinical Leaders
  • Leadership Science: Foundational Thinking Skills, Governance, & Community & Provider Relationships
  • Leadership Science: Performance and Quality Improvement

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • completed online application
  • effective spring 2020, completed online NursingCAS application
  • effective spring 2020, separate NursingCAS application fee
  •           and either

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee


    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
    • bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
    • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in nursing course work
    • grade of C or better in an upper division statistics course
    • three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15440 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15440 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    7880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7880 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for San Marcos

  • 921 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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