UMass Boston

Nursing BS

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Challenge yourself and enjoy a strong competitive advantage in your nursing career with our bachelor of science program.

The Nursing BS is UMass Boston's traditional bachelor's option (2.5-4 years of academic study) pre-licensure program for future nurses who aren't yet RN certified. Experience rigorous academic work and a carefully designed plan of study with built-in support for your success.

You'll be mentored by world-renowned faculty with a focus on improving equity and diversity. Our professors view nursing as a calling, not just a career, and they are committed to reducing healthcare disparities, improving quality of life, and informing health policy.

You will also benefit immensely from clinical placements in Greater Boston’s finest health care institutions, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Good Samaritan-Brockton, and the VA Medical Centers, among many others.

Career Possibilities

At the end of the traditional nursing program, you'll be ready to take the national examination for state licensure (NCLEX) and become a Registered Nurse (RN). The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of registered nurses to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031

As an RN, you can find positions in:

  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Doctor's offices
  • Educational services, such as schools
  • Government services
  • Hospice care
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care and long-term care facilities

Note: Outside of Massachusetts, this program may not meet all requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which you plan to be licensed or certified. Please check with your state's licensing board. At this time there are no known RN License conflicts.

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Apply for Admission

Please review the first-year and transfer apply pages for important information about application requirements, deadlines, and application status check.

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student

Financing Your Education

Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable. Click below to learn more about financial aid opportunities and deadlines.

Financial Aid Deadlines & Application Process

Scholarships for First-Year & Transfer Students

Deadlines & Cost

For fall semester admission, applications submitted by the "priority deadline" of March 1 are given priority and will be notified of a decision by the end of April. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through July 1.

For spring semester admission, the application deadline is December 1. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through December.

Cost & Aid
For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to


Course Requirements

Nutrition Course (3 Credits)


Anatomy & Physiology (8 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)


Chemistry (4 to 5 Credits)

Take one laboratory chemistry course or lecture and lab pair from below.



Graduation Criteria

Program Declaration

Upon admission to the University or completion of an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Admission criteria for the major include GPA requirements and available space in the program. Students should seek advising before declaring the major.

Degree Requirements

If this is the student’s only or primary major, the degree requirements below must be completed for graduation. See graduation requirements for more information.


Major Requirements

Complete a minimum of 89 credits from 19 courses including one nutrition course, two anatomy and physiology courses, one microbiology course, one chemistry course, and 14 nursing core courses.

GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required from all UMass Boston courses.
Minimum grade: No courses with a grade below C+ may be applied toward the major.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the major.


Prospective Undergraduate students should direct all inquiries to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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