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U.S. News & World Report ranked UMass Boston’s Nursing Master's Program No. 59 on the list of 2018 Best Online Programs. The program is ranked No. 66 in the 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools.


Our graduate program, for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, is distinct for its academic rigor, rich clinical experiences coupled with on-site instruction, and promotion of best practices. By joining our program, you will become part of an exceptionally diverse student and faculty community of nationally recognized researchers, clinical nursing educators, and practitioners.

The 48-credit curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of working nurses. Courses are offered both in the classroom and online, and students can enroll full-time (graduating in two years) or part-time (graduating in three to four years). The college’s strong commitment to integrated learning approaches has resulted in strong partnerships with some of the best health care organizations in the nation, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the VA Medical Centers, among many others. Our students’ clinical internships are in these centers of excellence in quality care, and many students enjoy employment in the same centers after graduation.

Graduates are eligible to take national certification exams and apply for licensure in advanced practice nursing (APN) in their areas of concentration. We offer three APN concentrations:

  1. The Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses chiefly on the care of the family in primary and community settings.
  2. The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration focuses on care of adults and older adults in ambulatory, community, and institutional settings.
  3. The Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist focuses on acute or critical care of adults in multiple settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS programs, students will be able to: