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Graduate Programs

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs of graduate study leading to various degrees in nursing. Graduate students work with faculty members distinguished for their achievements as educators, scholars, and practitioners. Faculty are dedicated to developing students’ professional and intellectual interests and provide a strong background in nursing theory, practice, and research.

The MS program prepares students for advanced practice nursing. It is designed for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses with a strong professional clinical background. Each student chooses one of three tracks:

  1. Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner
  3. Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

The DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program is designed to develop advanced practice nurses for the highest level of excellence in nursing practice and clinical leadership. The focus of this program is on increasing the appropriate supply, diversity, and distribution of highly trained advanced practice nurses to meet emerging health care system needs. 

The PhD Program in Nursing focuses on the intersection of nursing, health policy, and population health, and prepares its graduates for leadership as policy analysts, researchers and educators. The program offers study in four tracks:

The new Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Cancer and Health Disparities, jointly sponsored by the college and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, uniquely focuses on oncology care, research, health disparities, and health policy. It responds to the national need for highly skilled, diverse nursing faculty and researchers committed to better understanding and addressing cancer health disparities. The program involves educational training, research training, and professional development training.