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Leadership and Administration in Nursing

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This program will not be accepting applications for fall 2021 and beyond.

The leadership and administration in nursing (LAN) program positions the post-professional registered nurse (RN) to exhibit transformational leadership that meets the challenges of various healthcare systems. Graduates will be skilled in the quality and safety of care, cost-effective care delivery, improved productivity, and recruitment and retention of highly skilled interdisciplinary teams.

Students learn to lead interprofessional teams to deliver quality nursing care in diverse environments.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kathy Smith
Nursing Building (NURS), Room 320

Advisor Support
Sarah Solorzano
Nursing Building (NURS), Room 337

“We tailor the educational plan to meet our students’ career goals using real-world application of leadership concepts that are needed in today’s complex healthcare environment.”

— Diana Martinez Dolan, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNML

Course Work

Course work takes place online, with some face-to-face campus meetings at the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock, Texas. During these campus intensives, students will hone their skills with faculty and get to know their fellow MSN-LAN students. The curriculum includes courses emphasizing the core management and executive national competencies, quality indicators and patient safety, and Magnet and Pathways to Excellence. Of the required 36 credit hours, 12 are in practicum courses during which students learn one-on-one from a mentor in an area facility of their choosing.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.N. 36 Non-Thesis No Minor
Nursing Building

Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state Boards of Nursing, admission for non-Texas residents may be limited at this time. Additional information for international applicants is available below.

The program structure of 8- to 10-week focused semesters and mentored practicums provide unique opportunities for students in Central Texas and beyond to work directly with faculty and mentors in solving current healthcare issues.

Program Mission

The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University educates and prepares graduates, using innovative teaching strategies and state-of-the-art technology. Graduates provide ethical, safe, and effective patient-centered care and contribute to present and emerging research and health management practices. Graduates demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, collaborate as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, and utilize scientifically-based interventions. As caring professional nurses, graduates manage illness; promote, maintain, and restore health; and provide end-of-life care for diverse individuals, families, populations, and global communities across the lifespan.

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Program Faculty

Faculty have a wide range of leadership, educational, and population-based research platforms. Students will benefit from their expertise in homelessness, patient falls prevention, telemedicine, work/life balance, mentor support, succession planning, standardized testing, and student success. Faculty present at regional and national conferences, including Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

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Career Options

Graduates will be prepared for mid- and senior-level management careers in a wide variety of settings, including multi-healthcare systems, national healthcare systems, hospitals, nurse-managed clinics, ambulatory care centers, nursing homes, and community clinics. Potential positions include:

  • chief nursing officer
  • vice president of patient services
  • director of quality patient outcomes
  • unit and case manager
  • innovative project manager

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 25 January 25
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission


Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.


Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.


Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fees

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally-recognized nursing education accrediting body. Your B.S.N. degree must be reflected on your transcript when you apply.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your nursing course work
  • grade of C or better in an upper-division statistics course. The course must be completed at the time of application and reflected on submitted transcripts.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

Documents & Other Requirements*

  • current, valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in Texas with date issued from the Board of Nursing uploaded into the application system. Multistate licenses are accepted as long as Texas is declared the home state.
  • professional essay and goals statements
  • resume/CV showing a minimum of one year full-time equivalent experience as a Registered Nurse prior to the application deadline. Employment will be verified.
  • three professional forms of recommendation from persons competent to assess the applicant’s academic capability, clinical expertise, and interest in pursuing a career for this program. This is a form completed by your identified reference as part of the application system.
  • interview

*Please note once a student has been offered admission, additional criteria must be completed and met prior to admission and the required due dates as listed by the School of Nursing.

  Review important information about documents.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

If you are an international applicant, you can apply to this program; however, please be aware that you must:

  • be available to complete certain degree requirements in the state of Texas
  • have a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally-recognized nursing education accrediting body. Your B.S.N. degree must be reflected on your transcript when you apply.