Lamar University Review

Lamar University offers three different online graduate nursing degree options, including a unique nursing and MBA dual-degree option. High quality faculty is one of the program's standout areas which helped earn the school earn top rankings.

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The Good

Nursing and MBA dual degree

Lamar University offers a rare online dual graduate degree option that combines a master of science in nursing with a master of business administration. This three-year degree track helps you learn leadership skills in the areas of nursing administration, management, business, and finance. The well-rounded curriculum prepares you for nurse executive positions within large, complex healthcare organizations, and it is one of the only degree types of its kind. If you are interested in this dual degree you must apply to both the nursing and business programs and meet the entry requirements to both.

Two concentrations for Master of Nursing degree

The school of nursing offers an online master of nursing degree with the option to concentrate in nursing administration or nursing education. The nursing administration track prepares you for healthcare management and leadership positions and incorporates health care policy. In this track you will take business classes which are not currently offered online, but you can transfer up to nine equivalent credits from another college or university. The nursing education track prepares you to teach nursing in an academic setting, and the curriculum includes teaching strategies and theories, curriculum development, and techniques for evaluation.

Scholarships are available

There are several different scholarships available to you in the online nursing program at Lamar University. The program posts all scholarship opportunities online in one place, and clearly communicates the selection criteria and deadline date for each. Some graduate programs are not as transparent about the availability of scholarship, fellowship, or graduate assistantship opportunities, but the nursing department at Lamar University makes sure that you as a student are aware of every opportunity for financial assistance. There are some criteria that may be limiting to online students, such as a nurse educator fellowship that requires you to apply for a faculty position in southeast Texas after graduation, and if you do not you must reimburse the scholarship funds. But in cases like this, the department is good about making such criteria known.

Highly qualified faculty

In the latest national rankings, the area that Lamar’s online nursing program really stands out in is the area of faculty credentials and training. All faculty within the online nursing program at Lamar hold a PhD, or the most advanced degree in their field. There are no part-time instructors, only full-time faculty who are fully dedicated to providing you with thoughtful lectures and coursework and extra help when needed. Additionally, the current average online teaching experience is 10 years, and the nursing program fully supports faculty in gaining further online teaching training so that they stay on top of developments in online education modes.

The Bad

Poor website

The nursing program’s website at Lamar appears to have not been updated in years. As a prospective student, while conducting initial research about the program, you may have trouble finding all of the information you need to help you decide if the school is a good fit for you or not. The poor display of information for a program that is offered online is a little concerning, but website aside, the online program itself is one of the highest ranked in the country, with U.S. News & World Report ranking the online graduate nursing program among the top 20 in the nation.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2005-2006
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Location: TX
  • Number of Graduate Nursing Programs: 1
  • Region: Southwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $250
  • Out-of-State: $292


  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Dual Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration


  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education


  • N/A

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Average Student Age: 36
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.00
  • Gender Ratio: 95.5% female, 4.5% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 45
  • Total Enrollment: 66


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 10 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 11
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 0

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 98%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 96%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 99%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 91%
  • 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): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 99%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 56
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 61/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 5
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 93/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 2
  • Student Engagement Score: 95/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 58
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 53/100

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