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Nurse Administration

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions | Graduate School

Department: Nursing


The Nurse Administrator Concentration prepares graduates as Nurse Executives, Administrators and Managers.  The courses include leadership and management, healthcare law and quality assurance, and budgeting/financial management in the health care setting.


The majority of core and support courses are offered online (internet) with periodic on campus class meetings during each semester.

Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

Additional Information

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduating nursing students, entitled "Graduate Information Guide (GIG))". Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, A-State Student Handbook and A-State Graduate Bulletin are required following admission.


If you have questions, you may email the Chair of Graduate/Doctoral Nursing Studies, Dr. Mark Foster at smfoster@astate.edu or Megan Reynolds, Admin Specialist II at mreynolds@astate.edu.  Or contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission into the MSN program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Hold a BSN degree from an accredited institution
    • Hold a current unencumbered licenses to practice nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work
    • Be CPR certified (professional level)
    • Have completed a course in health assessment or demonstrative proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history taking (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Option)
    • Provide verification documentation of 1,500 RN practice hours prior to admission to the FNP option.

    Unconditional Admission

    To establish unconditional admission at the master's degree level, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. All courses attempted, including any repeated courses, are considered in the computation of the grade point average.

    Admission to the Graduate School and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to all majors.

    Professional Liability Insurance

    Prior to taking the first clinical course, the student must have an unencumbered Arkansas RN license and present evidence of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$6,000,000 coverage), current CPR (professional level) certification and acceptable immunization status.

  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

    Applying to the Graduate School

    All applicants for any MSN program must first be accepted by the Graduate School. Apply online here.

    • Send official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted) to: ASU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
    • Designated, non-refundable application fee
    • Written documentation of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with Selective Service. Affirmation Action information can be found here.

    For questions, contact the Graduate School at (870) 972-3029.

    Applying to the MSN Program

    After applying to the Graduate School, candidates must also apply to the MSN program:

    1. Be accepted by the Graduate School for admission.
    2. Complete the MSN application
    3. Meet the Application Deadlines:
      - Nurse Administration - Fall Term Admission Only, Application Deadline is February 1st
      1. Pre-Clinical Requirements
      • One year experience as an RN
      • CPR Certification
      • TB Skin Test
      • Evidence of Hepatitis B Immunization
      • Professional Liability
      • Valid, Unencumbered RN License in the State of Practice