MSN and Post-Graduate Admission Information

Admission Requirements and Application Process

In order to be considered for admission to any of the Wilson School of Nursing graduate programs, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a BSN degree from a nationally accredited program.
  2. Have a current RN license to practice in the State of Texas and your state of residence.
  3. Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, exclusive of credit hours awarded by a two-year college.
  4. Complete the application process for the Graduate School which includes the following:
    • Complete the ApplyTexas application (fee required)
    • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
    • Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores  The GRE ScoreItNow! Online Writing Test Experience Option may now be used in lieu of the full GRE Exam.  ScoreItNow! results will only be accepted if  completed at a testing center and the testing center submits the results to MSU. Please verify that your local testing center will meet this requirement before planning to use ScoreItNow! instead of the full GRE. 
    • Please visit the Graduate School webpage for the latest information related to graduate education.
  5. Complete the online Wilson School of Nursing MSN Application including the essay section.
  6. Participate in a personal interview with the graduate program coordinator for your program of interest.
    • This interview will be scheduled only after all applications, transcripts, and GRE scores have been received.
  7. Admission to Nurse Practitioner programs is dependent on previous nursing experience.  Each program has different requirements regarding the type and length of experience required.


UPDATED Deadlines for Application

MSN Application Deadline:  April 1st

Post-Graduate Certificate Application Deadline:  October 31

MSN Degree Applicants

  1. The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs only admit in the Fall semester.
  2. All transcripts and GRE scores must be submitted to the graduate office by the application deadline to be considered for  admission to the FNP and PMHNP programs. You should allow at least one month for official documents to be received by the university.  
  3. The Nurse Educator program is not accepting applications at this time.
  4. Please see the MSU online catalog for application deadlines for the university.


Post-Graduate Certification Applicants

  1. An applicant who has earned a BSN and a master's or higher degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher education may be accepted on the basis of such degree.  Determination of conditions, if any, will be made by the Graduate Coordinator.
  2. All transcripts and applications must be submitted to the graduate office by October 31st to be considered for admission to the Post-Graduate Certificate  FNP and PMHNP programs.  Students will be admitted for either a Spring or Summer start, based on transcript evaluation. 
  3. Certificate Programs
    • The Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs require a masters degree in nursing (MSN).  The program consists of advanced nursing practice courses mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
    • The Nursing Education Certificate Program requires a either a MSN or a BS in nursing and a master's degree in a related field to earn a certificate in Nursing Education or to meet the Texas Board of Nursing requirements for teaching in a nursing program.  The Nurse Educator program is not accepting applications at this time.


Additional Information

For a complete list of application, admission, and compliance policies, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.  To view the catalog online, click here.