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Master's prepared nurses are increasingly in demand to serve as:

  • directors & assistant directors of nursing
  • clinical specialists
  • nurse practitioners
  • consultants
  • supervisors & head nurses
  • in-service educators & faculty members
  • private practitioners

Selecting a Program

Although NP, CNS, and NE clinical courses have the same course number, clinical experiences differ depending on the track. Students switching from one track to another, or students returning for a post master's certificate in a different clinical role must repeat the entire clinical course sequence.

Before You Apply

All applicants must meet:

Additional requirements vary by program.  

How to Apply to the MS Program

  1. Apply online to TWU at
  2. Submit official transcripts from each accredited college or university you have attended, to the address below:
     TWU Office of Admissions Processing
     P.O. Box 425649
     Denton, TX 76204
    o Transcripts may be electronic or printed.
    o Electronic transcripts must be sent through a secured system directly to TWU from the sending institution.
    o Printed transcripts must be sent to TWU directly from the institution or delivered personally in a sealed envelope from the institution.
    o Any sign of tampering will render the transcript unofficial and invalid.
    o If you are a TWU College of Nursing BSN graduate, then you will not have to submit those transcripts.
    o For more information regarding transcripts, please visit Student Records.
  3. Submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). We currently do not require a minimum score for the GRE/MAT. Students that hold an advanced degree are not required to take the GRE/MAT.

You must have all of the above steps completed in order for your application to be considered for admission. Master's Nurse Practitioner program applicants must submit their program application, all transcripts, and GRE or MAT scores to the Office of Admissions by no later than one of the following dates:

Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 15
For more information on our graduate programs, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section.


Each student is assigned an advisor at the time of admission. The student must meet with the assigned advisor prior to enrollment to plan an individualized program of studies that is sequenced to match the student’s progression and completion times. Subsequent advising occurs each semester for electronic registration information.

Student Handbook

The student is accountable for reading, understanding, and adhering to the policies and procedures contained in both the General Catalog and the Student Handbook [pdf]. Policies and procedures are subject to change without prior notice.

Program Locations

Denton Campus
Julie Brinzo, Master's Coordinator
Program: Family Nurse Practitioner 

Dallas Center
Dr. Susan Chaney
Program: Nurse Education

Dr. Barbara Gray, Master's Coordinator
Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Houston Center
Dr. Michael Mistric, APRN Coordinator

Dr. Susan Mellott, MS ACE Coordinator (Administration, Education)
Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nursing Health Systems Management Administration, Nursing Education

Program Goals

The goals of the master’s nursing program are to prepare students who should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competencies essential to the advanced professional role. (AACN MS Essentials 1, 10)
  2. Incorporate a range of theories to develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to professional practice. (AACN MS Essentials 1, 4)
  3. Use systematic inquiry, research, and best available evidence to promote quality health care and advance professional practice. (AACN MS Essentials 1, 3, 4, 5, 10)
  4. Develop strategies that influence and empower populations to achieve optimum health and quality of life. (AACN MS Essentials 6, 8, 10)
  5. Exhibit ethical decision making and behavior in research, education, clinical practice and management. (AACN MS Essentials 4, 9, 10)
  6. Engage in leadership behaviors that reflect a commitment to professional values and practice. (AACN MS Essentials 2, 9, 10)
  7. Use inter- and intra-professional collaboration, leadership, and advocacy to affect health care policy and delivery. (AACN MS Essentials 2, 7)
  8. Apply critical thinking to manage complex situations. (AACN MS Essentials 1, 5, 8, 10)
  9. Foster an environment of health promotion which recognizes and values differences in diverse populations. (AACN MS Essentials 8, 10)


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (February 17, 2010). DRAFT The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

AONE Nurse Executive Competencies (February, 2005). American Organization of Nurse Executives APRN Consensus Work Group, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing

APRN Advisory Committee. (March 12, 2008). APRN Regulatory Model Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

HLA Competency Directory (November, 2005). Healthcare Leadership Alliance.

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. (July, 2007). A Vision of the Future for Clinical Nurse Specialists. Retrieved July 8, 2008 from:

National League for Nursing. (2005). Core competencies of nurse educators.

\NONPF Domains and Core Competencies March 2006; Retrieved from:

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