Master of Science in Nursing [Nursing Administration]

Program Director: Dr. Richard Meeks
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

MTSU welcomes your interest in graduate education and your application for graduate study.

If you live outside of Middle Tennessee you may apply to the M.S.N. program by clicking this active link.
If you reside in Middle Tennessee, please follow the instructions below.

Students applying from the following Middle Tennessee counties:


Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson

For information about the RODP Application process, please click here. 

Please note: if you have not been approved via RODP to have MTSU as your home school,
you must first complete the initial application accessible


The purposes of the MSN-RODP are:

  • To increase access to graduate nursing education, especially for those nurses aspiring to teach in entry level nursing programs, manage professional practice work settings, and practice as advanced clinicians in a changing health care delivery system.
  • To maximize the effective use of technology for delivery of graduate-level instruction. Distance delivery through the use of technology will increase access to graduate education, especially in remote areas of the state and for practicing nurses for whom time flexibility is a critical resource.
  • To provide student access to web-based courses and degree programs. Web-based courses will reach populations not currently enrolled in graduate education, and will also permit students who are currently enrolled in on-campus courses to take additional courses, thus completing their programs sooner.
  • To encourage and support collaboration among TBR institutions. Course development and delivery will be cost-effective because courses will be developed by one institution and used by all.

Graduate outcomes of the program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in advanced nursing practice, teaching (in the classroom and in clinical settings), and administration;
  • Integrate specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing roles;
  • Use research to validate and refine knowledge relevant to advanced nursing roles;
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (ie: nursing education, nursing administration, and advanced clinical practice);
  • Manage the health care of clients within legal, ethical, and professional standards;
  • Improve the health of clients among diverse population groups; and
  • Promote positive changes in health care delivery, health policies, and nursing practice.

This program will directly impact the nursing shortage which critically affects Tennessee and the nation. Increasing the number of nurse educators will allow nursing programs to increase their enrollment and graduate more nurses. It will also assist in retaining nurses in Tennessee as masters prepared nurse administrators and clinicians provide the much needed leadership for an ever changing and complex health care delivery system.


Note: M.S.N. students must be Licensed Registered Nurses (RN) in the State of Tennessee or through a compact state.  Please review the link below to make sure your license is part of our compact state approved program through Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).


Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing [Nursing Administration] program,
a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

Online application and appropriate application fee

Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service. (Click here for more information on non-US transcripts.)

Three letters of recommendation

Updated Vita or Resume

Copy of RN License

Proof of Immunization

Proof of payment of malpractice insurance

Background check information


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466