The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler   •   Longview   •   Palestine
A centerpiece for learning,
culture and natural beauty
Random Image Alt Text

UT Tyler College of Nursing

Apply to the College of Nursing Graduate Programs


Application Deadlines
Nurse Practitioner - Feb. 15, Sept. 15
MSN Education, Administration, MSN/MBA - March 15, Oct. 15
PhD – March 1

In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of the university, students applying for admission to the MSN and PhD programs are expected to fulfill the following requirements by the stated College of Nursing deadlines.

MSN Applicants - Meet These Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited college; RN-MSN applicants must hold either an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Submit graduate application online at the Graduate School.
  • Satisfactory references from three professional and/or academic colleagues.
  • Two-page essay or YouTube video
  • Curriculum vitae - download our template
  • Show proof of current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) where clinical practicum will occur.
  • The GRE is waived for applicants with a grade point average of 3.2 or above for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work. The GRE requirement will remain on your to-do list until your advisor calculates your GPA. All others including RN-MSN applicants are required to take the GRE, no minimum score required for consideration.

PhD Applicants - Meet These Requirements

  • A baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing from a college or university approved by a recognized national accrediting body.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on previous academic coursework.
  • Submission of satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past five years.
  • A current license to practice professional nursing.
  • International applicants will be evaluated for equivalency on criteria 1 - 5.
  • International students must score a minimum of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on International applications, please refer to the UT Tyler catalog.
  • A 3-5 page paper linking professional goals and research interests to health issues emphasized in this program.
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of reference.

Entrance Exam Information
MSN/MBA students must achieve a minimum score of 500 or more on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a satisfactory grade-point average overall on prior advanced level (junior, senior and graduate) work taken. These two indicators of graduate potential -- GMAT score and grade-point average -- will be used to calculate an index number. MSN/MBA applicants taking the GMAT are not required to take the GRE.

International Students
Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree as listed in the university catalog.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language. If a student's verbal score on the admission examination is below an acceptable minimum, the student must pass an English proficiency test during the first semester in the program.

A foreign student must score a minimum of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT and have a minimum raw score of 20 on each of the four sections of the examination.

Only the TOEFL examination given by the Educational Testing Service is acceptable.

Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following:

  • The applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study.
  • Socioeconomic background.
  • The involvement and level or responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service.
  • First generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program.
  • Family responsibility or raising children.
  • Multilingual proficiency.
  • Geographic region of residence.

Levels of Admissions:

  • Full Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met all admission requirements.
  • Conditional Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met some but not all of the requirements listed above may be accepted into the graduate program on a conditional basis following review by the Graduate Studies Committee. After the successful completion of designated coursework from the student's degree plan, full acceptance status will be granted.

All applicants must apply to the University prior to applying to the nursing program. Go to the Graduate School to complete the Apply Texas application. You must follow the directions in the letter to accept your University admission in MyUTTyler. Once you receive a letter from the University indicating acceptance, then go to the next step and apply to the nursing program through NursingCas. Applicants must upload a copy of the admission in the online application system.

Starting on October 15, 2014 you will have the opportunity to apply to the either the BSN, MSN, or PhD program at The University of Texas at Tyler through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing.

What is NursingCAS?
NursingCAS is the nations' only online application service for individuals applying to nursing programs offered at all levels. The service helps to streamline the application process while providing guidance, updates, and supports to applicants every step of the way. On NursingCAS you will be able view our program details, requirements, deadlines, tracks offered and other important information.

What are the benefits of applying through NursingCAS?
NursingCAS allows applicants to use a single online resource to research and apply to any nursing programs at participating schools nationwide. It is a convenient and cost effective option, as applicants only need to complete one, online application and send one set of supporting materials, which cuts down on the repetitive nature of the process and data entry. You can sign up to receive emails from schools about new programs, upcoming deadlines, and available seats. There is also a customer service team available to help you, and you can check your status online or on your smartphone 24/7 to track your application.

When can I start my application on NursingCAS?
Applicants may create an account on NursingCAS and start their application beginning October 15, 2014. Note that applicants are charged a fee to use NursingCAS. For undergraduate level degree programs, you will be charged $45 for the first degree selected and $30 for each additional degree selected. For graduate level degree programs, you will be charged $65 for the first degree selected and $35 for each additional degree selected.

Who should I contact with questions about NursingCAS once I start my application?
NursingCAS has a dedicated customer service team available to applicants. Contact customer service for any questions or concerns including inquires about application status, verification, receipt of supporting materials, how to complete the application, upload documents, or submit reference requests.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm EST and Fridays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Phone: 617-612-2880