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

Fully-accredited & State-supported

The Tennessee State University Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing Program is the only land based and state supported MSN degree program in Middle Tennessee. It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and received outstanding evaluation reports at the most recent accreditation review. The TSU Division of Nursing is unique in that many students concentration.

The three concentrations offered in the MSN Program are:

  1. Family Nurse Practitioner leading to certification as a family nurse practitioner,
  2. Nursing Education, leading to certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and
  3. Holistic Nursing, initiates eligibility criteria for certification in holistic nursing (additional criteria beyond education required).

All three concentrations are offered both as the major degree and as post-graduate certificates. Flexible scheduling of courses includes both day, evening and online class options for students, with students participating in both part-time and full-time study.

Our MSN Students learn-

  1. To conduct comprehensive and systematic assessments as a foundation for clinical decision making
  2. To apply and transfer knowledge of illness and disease management to provide safe evidence based care to diverse populations, perform risk assessments, and design plans or programs or care
  3. To synthesize epidemiological, social, and environmental data in drawing inferences regarding the health status of various populations and interventions to promote and preserve health and health lifestyles.
  4. To operationalize knowledge and skills in education, economics, business principles, and systems in the evaluation of interventions.

Deadline for application submission for the Fall Semester is June 15th, for Spring Semester, October 15th, and for Summer Semester, February 15th.

Submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. Complete Graduate School application and application fee.
  2. Three completed recommendation forms; one from a current clinical supervisor and one from a nursing faculty if available.
  3. Official transcripts from all previous colleges send directly to Tennessee State University Graduate School, 3500 John Merritt Blvd., Nashville TN, 37209-1561.
  4. A current resume which should include: documentation of community service, continuing education (CEU) courses, and professional memberships.
  5. A copy of your current RN License from the state in which you practice.
  6. A copy of your BLS/ACLS certification.
  7. Proof of Liability Insurance (when you start your clinical).
  8. Typed statement of professional goals upon completion of the MSN Degree, maximum one (1) page, double spaced that identified whether you are applying for the RODP program or the TSU on-ground nursing program.
  9. Background check (when you start your clinical)

The Graduate School will forward all admission materials to the School of Nursing once the packet is complete. If you are reapplying all license and certification information must be current. All other information must be within a year of the semester for which you are applying. 

School of Nursing MSN Admission Requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all required courses (general education and nursing) for the BSN degree OR in all the nursing courses.
  2. Graduation from a Nationally Accredited baccalaureate nursing program
  3. An active, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you practice
  4. Current clinical practice

State Online Validation: If you are interested in the RODP online program or Holistic concentration, please verify that you are in a state that permits MS Nursing online degrees from TSU. This information can be obtained from

Required University Immunization Information: There are immunization requirements for university entry. It is imperative that you validate these immunizations. Please see information at for how to validate immunization requirements for Tennessee State University.

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition and fee information can be obtained from the bursars office -   Note links to an estimate for specific fees related to instate and out of state cost, eRate, and other fees along with an explanation for these fees are located here as well. These can facilitate your understanding of the estimate of the educational cost. 

MSN Comprehensive Examination

Candidates for the MSN degree are required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination covering the professional field of study - The comprehensive examination for the MS Nursing program is designed to test the student's ability to apply principles, as well as the student's skill in demonstrating safe, sound, evidence-based graduate nursing concentration capabilities.  

Technology Requirements and Resources

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Technology Helpdesk -615-963-7777   

For information regarding the MSN Program, please contact:
Dr. Maria Revell


Nursing Education

Family Nurse Practitioner

Holistic Nursing

RODP On-line Degree


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