University of Texas at Tyler Review

The University of Texas at Tyler gives online graduate nursing students freedom of choice in degree completion, including a thesis and non-thesis options. However, the school tends to favor Texas residents with low in-state tuition rates and a selection of on-campus only electives.

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The Good

Four master's degrees options and one PhD degree available

The University of Texas at Tyler (UT-Tyler) offers a total of four different master’s of science in nursing (MSN) degree options, plus an online PhD in nursing. You can choose an area of focus in nursing administration, nursing education, or nurse practitioner within the MSN degree, and there is an additional dual degree option that combines both MSN and MBA curriculum for a unique degree offering. All degrees can be pursued at either a full-time or part-time pace, and the entire program will take you a total of two or three years, respectively. All degree options can be completed entirely online, except for the nurse practitioner option which requires you to spend some time on campus.

Choice of thesis or non-thesis option for degree completion

UT-Tyler lets you choose between a thesis or scholarly project for completion of your MSN degree. Some degree specialities, such as nursing education, give you a third option of taking two additional nursing electives instead of completing a master’s thesis or a scholarly project. The thesis option is ideal if you want to continue on to pursue a PhD in nursing or eventually work in an academic or research oriented position. The scholarly project is an opportunity to demonstrate all of the areas of knowledge you have gained during the program, while taking additional elective courses gives you additional hands-on, practical knowledge you can apply in a work setting.

Nursing and MBA dual degree offered

Only a limited number of online nursing programs offer dual degree programs that combine with an MBA degree, and the University of Texas at Tyler is one them. The dual degree includes 57 credits, when each degree would require you to take a total of 72 credits if earned separately. With this degree credential you can build a career in healthcare management, and work as a nurse administrator. The curriculum includes both a combination of online courses and hands-on practicums to give you real world experience. In order to apply you will need to submit application materials to both the college or nursing and the college of business.

The Bad

Some campus classes may be required

A few of the online degree options in the nursing program at UT-Tyler actually do require some form of on-campus attendance. The nurse practitioner speciality for the MSN degree will require you to attend five to six class sessions on campus, per semester. This degree speciality is considered more of a hybrid degree rather than an entirely online degree, so the travel it regularly requires may only be feasible if you live in the state of Texas. Additionally, there is an online master of science in kinesiology offered by the college of nursing, but some elective courses for the program are not available online, limiting your choice of electives if you are strictly an online student.

High out-of-state tuition

Texas state residents have the access to an affordable graduate level degree, while out of state students pay considerably more than residents. UT-Tyler is a public, state school, so it is common to see different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, but large differences in the cost of tuition don’t make as much sense for online students who attend class virtually. The cost of tuition for non-residents is still fairly competitively priced, in that it is not the most expensive online nursing program around. But considering that many other online nursing programs have one flat tuition rate for online graduate students, the additional cost may be enough to seek out a program at a different university.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2002-2003
  • Application Deadline: Varies by program
  • Application Fee: Domestic - $40, International - $75
  • Location: TX
  • Number of Graduate Nursing Programs: 4
  • Region: Southwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $50
  • Out-of-State: $401


  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree
  • RN to MSN


  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education


  • Nursing Education
  • Nurse Practitioner

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average Student Age: 36
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.36
  • Gender Ratio: 84.5% female, 15.5% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 110


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 6 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 20
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 1

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 94%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 98%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 100%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 40%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 65%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 26
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 80/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 28
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 84/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 41
  • Student Engagement Score: 72/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 25
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 62/100

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