Program Overview

The online MSN degree program from Texas Christian University provides registered nurses with the innovative knowledge and skills required to advance in their careers and assume leadership roles in a variety of organizations. Students may customize their education to suit their personal interests and professional goals by selecting one of the following majors:

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

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • 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

    School Overview

    Texas Christian University was founded in 1873, in Thorp Spring, Texas, as the AddRan Male and Female College. By 1895, the school relocated to Waco, Texas, and moved once more, in 1910 to Fort Worth. During this period the school also adopted its current name, Texas Christian University. Today, Texas Christian University is a four-year private, not-for-profit, co-educational institution. Though TCU retains ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), many religious groups and recognized faith-based organizations are present on campus, including students of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.

    TCU supports undergraduate areas of study, master’s level programs, and doctoral fields of study in the following academic divisions:

    • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
    • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Science & Engineering
    • John V. Roach Honors College
    • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    • Neeley School of Business
    • Fort Worth's M.D. School

    For added flexibility, online programs supported by TCU include master’s and doctoral programs in nursing and liberal arts.


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