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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Handbook and curriculum information can be found on the Resources tab of each program page.



The college is committed to the delivery of high quality academic programs; to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research and other scholarly activities; to the provision of service to the community; and to the promotion of the profession of nursing. Specifically, our unique mission is to facilitate the development of professional nurses who will promote our society’s health at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The purpose of the Master's program in nursing is to prepare leaders, managers, and practitioners who facilitate achievement of optimal health in the dynamic health care system. The program offers role preparation as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists or nursing administrators. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program are expected to:
  • Provide advanced nursing care to clients in a variety of health care settings.
  • Utilize theoretical knowledge to guide advanced practice nursing.
  • Collaborate in research activities and utilize knowledge gained from research in advanced practice nursing.
  • Evaluate health policies and economics related to the delivery of health care.
  • Assume roles as leaders and collaborators with other professionals and communities in planning, providing, and evaluating health care.

We offer the following concentrations within the MSN program:

Acceptance and Program Information (PDF)

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Graduate Student Services

*Clinical Nurse Specialist option currently not accepting applications

MSN programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The Nurse Anesthesia concentration is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.


To submit a formal application to the College of Nursing [CON] Graduate Program (MSN, DNP, PhD, Post-MSN) at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, you must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions.  Read through the guidelines below, and then please visit the UT Graduate Admissions website to apply. The required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline.

All applications must pass through two reviews: (1) the UT Graduate School; and if deemed admissible, then (2) the College of Nursing.

You may start and save an application for later submission, but will need to upload an essay/personal statement, a C.V. or resume (optional), and a copy of your RN license (if applicable).

Your application must be submitted and pass through initial review by the UT Graduate School in advance of the College of Nursing program application deadline.  The UT Graduate School processes and reviews applications in order of submission, and due to the application queue, students are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance (4-5 weeks typically) of the nursing program deadline.

It is your responsibility, as applicant, to ensure that your application is complete. You are strongly encouraged to check first with UT Graduate Admissions to see if all your transcripts/materials have been submitted properly. You can always check the processing status of your application, via the UT Graduate School status checker!

After you have submitted your online application, you will receive an important confirmation email from the UT Graduate School with final instructions about rating forms and any other nursing program admission requirements.

REQUIRED for all graduate/doctoral Nursing applicants:
  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Three (3) rating/reference forms (two (2) required for Post-MSN) returned directly to the College of Nursing

​UT Graduate Admissions

CON Graduate Programs

​Anesthesia Program Office

​201 Student Services Building

Knoxville, TN 37996-0221

Phone: 865-974-3251

​Fax: 865-974-6541



​UTK College of Nursing

Room 203

Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-7606

​Fax: 865-974-3569


​1930 Alcoa Highway

Suite 430

Knoxville, TN 37920

Phone: 865-305-7762


Deadlines (PDF) 

Cost Estimate for Graduate Nursing Students


Financial Aid

Options for Graduate level financial aid are listed on the Graduate tab of the Financial Aid website 


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