With a master's degree, nurses are prepared for educational roles that aim to improve patient outcomes and impact nursing care for future generations.

Increase your professional influence to improve patient care through a career in nursing education in academic and clinical settings.

You will be ready to:

  • Cultivate the next generation of nurses
  • Create professional development opportunities for experienced nurses
  • Continue your education at the doctoral level


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Application Cycle / Deadlines

  • Applications accepted year round
  • Applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited program of nursing and be licensed as a registered nurse by the beginning date of coursework

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Information

  • Thesis and Non-thesis options
  • Two-day campus visit required for the health assessment course
  • Four semester full-time option; part-time option available
  • Locally arranged clinical practicum hours with qualified preceptors


Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School
  • Admission to the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing MSN program
  • Completion of a nationally accredited baccalaureate or masters degree program in nursing
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60 credit hours of attempted coursework in previous nursing program. Applicants with GPA below will be considered by the Graduate Admissions Committee on an individual basis with possible probationary status
  • Current unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered nurse
  • Basic computer and library skills including the use of electronic databases
  • Letter of recommendation from one professional references
  • Submission of curriculum vitae or professional resume
  • Completion of candidate interview
  • Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space available basis


Scholarship Information


Tuition / credit hour $583.11
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

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State Authorization

The MSN program is designed to provide graduate level education to individuals with a RN license. This program is not an initial licensure program.

The University of Arkansas MSN program is approved by the following state boards of nursing to enroll students: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The program is currently not available to students residing in the following states: Colorado, Minnesota, and Washington.