Master of Science in Nursing Online Programs

The Dishman School of Nursing offers two online graduate tracks leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree.


Top Ranked MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing degree at Lamar University has been ranked 4th in the 10 Most Affordable Online MSN Degree Programs for 2020.

MSN - Nursing Education Online

The MSN in Nursing Education Online degree provides registered nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to become educators in academic settings.  Focus is placed on:

  • Teaching learning strategies and theories
  • Curriculum development
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Role development as an educator
  • MSNE Curriculum Plan

MSN - Nursing Administration Online

The MSN in Nursing Administration Online degree provides registered nurses with advanced knowledge central to organization, management, leadership, health care policy and economics. 

Nursing Administration courses and business support courses in financial accounting, economics, and marketing prepare leaders for a rapidly changing healthcare environment. 

Note:  The Business leveling courses are not currently available online; however, graduate students may transfer up to nine hours from another college or university.

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June 1, 2020
Apply by May 11, 2020
August 18, 2020
Apply by July 28, 2020
October 13, 2020
Apply by September 22, 2020



General Information

All students seeking admission to a graduate degree program at Lamar University must first meet the minimum standards of the College of Graduate Studies.

For more information contact an Academic Partnerships MSN Advisor at (409) 880-7014 or

MSN Application (ApplyTexas)

Criminal Background Check Requirements

GNS Student Handbook

Admission to the MSN Program

Nurses seeking admission to the MSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited undergraduate program (CCNE or ACEN).
  2. Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the United States or an approved U.S. Territory.
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  4. College statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.  Conditional admission without a statistics course is allowed, but statistics must be completed PRIOR to taking MSNC 5311 Nursing Research.  Students are strongly encouraged to repeat college-level statistics if they have not had it within the last five years.
  5. Clear criminal background check.

Alternate Admission to the MSN Program (GPA is less than 3.0)

Nurses seeking admission to the MSN program with a GPA < 3.0 but greater than or equal to 2.75 will be allowed to take the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or GRE.  We do not make exceptions for international students.

In any alternate admission, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of the program. See the Lamar Graduate Catalog for more information regarding GPA status and academic probation.

GPA x 200 + MAT > 985

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is given by appointment at the Testing Center at Lamar University. The test site is open Tuesday-Friday from 8:00am - 3:00pm.  You may call 409-880-8878 or visit to schedule testing. This must be done at least 48 hours in advance. The cost for the exam is $80.  For more information on the exam itself, visit

(GPA x 50) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 428

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is given by appointment. The cost is $195 and you may register at  Hours of operation for testing are Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.  For additional information visit or call 800-473-2255.

(NOTE: If the GRE was taken before August 2011, the formula is as follows: (GPA x 200) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 1350)


Pre-Graduate Status

See Lamar University Graduate Catalog. Students remain in pre-graduate status until all of the admission requirements are met. Pre-graduate students are not eligible for graduate school scholarships.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator track of the MSN program will demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  • Analyze issues in the context of healthcare policy and finance, including political and organizational systems, to address the healthcare needs of a diverse society.
  • Analyze strategies to improve healthcare outcomes across the health continuum for various populations.
  • Utilize research methods to investigate problems, initiate changes, and improve nursing practice.
  • Synthesize theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines to expand the knowledge base for advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced nursing practice roles from professional, organizational, and personal perspectives within an ethical and legal framework.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available to students at all ranks both within the department and at the University level. Please review all criteria and instructions associated with each scholarship.  Applications are available during the Spring semesters unless otherwise noted.  To see a complete list of scholarship available through the Dishman School of Nursing, refer to the scholarship link located in the tool bar.

 For more information regarding Lamar University general scholarships, please follow the link provided.

Graduate Assistants

The Dishman School of Nursing has Graduate Assistant (GA) positions available each semester.  Students that have been fully admitted into the program and are currently enrolled or have taken at least six graduate credit hours in the MSN program may qualify.  The GA position will require a flexible 20 hour commitment to working in the Caring Place; this is an on-campus assignment.  GA’s will facilitate learning sessions for students who have been admitted into the Undergraduate Nursing Programs.  Nursing Education and Administration students are encouraged to apply.  For more information contact the Caring Place at

Students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistant position must contact Dr. Cynthia Stinson, Dishman School of Nursing Interim Chair, at (409) 880-8817. 


For More Information Contact:

Dr. Ruthie Robinson
Director of  Graduate Nursing Studies
(409) 880-7720