UMass Boston

Nursing MS

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Advance your nursing career

The Nursing Master of Science (MS) program at UMass Boston prepares you to become a highly skilled and compassionate Nurse Practitioner. The program is distinct for its academic rigor, rich clinical experiences coupled with instruction, and promotion of best practices. Through a blend of theoretical and practical learning, ou will gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to improve patient outcomes and impact overall community wellbeing.

In the MS with UMass Boston, you will:

  • Demonstrate competence in the management of health and illness for individuals, families, and aggregate populations using critical thinking and evidence-based clinical decision making
  • Facilitate positive health care outcomes for diverse populations
  • Plan comprehensive continuous care through interdisciplinary collaboration across health care settings with an emphasis on diverse and urban populations

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How to Apply

Application Checklist:

  • Completed online application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended — a Bachelor’s Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended for admission to the program
  • Two professional references
  • Résumé
  • Copy of your RN license

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: March 31 for fall, November 15 for spring
Letters of Recommendation: 2
Other: BSN; have completed college-level health assessment and statistics course; more than 1 year of RN experience; MA RN license

Please refer to Cost & Aid - Graduate Students for more information.

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


Course Requirements

Core Courses (27 Credits)

  • NURSNG 601 - Introduction to Advanced Practice Nursing: Knowledge for Practice in the Global Community 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 614 - Advanced Pathophysiology 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 615 - Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 616 - Evidence Based Practice I: Appraising the Strength and Significance of Evidence 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 618 - Introduction to Health Policy, Finance and Ethics 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 634 - Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 640 - Advanced Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Lifespan 6 Credit(s)
  • NURSNG 715 - Health Informatics 3 Credit(s)

Track Courses (21 Credits)

Complete five to seven courses from one of the tracks below.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Track

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Graduation Criteria

Program Requirements

Complete 48 credits from 13 to 15 courses including eight core courses and five to seven track courses.

Tracks: Students must choose a track in adult/gerontological acute care clinical nurse specialist, adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, or family nurse practitioner.
Capstone: Students must complete a comprehensive paper, an evidenced based project, or a poster or paper presentation. The capstone must be mutually agreed upon with the advisor.

Minimum grade: No courses with a grade below B may be applied toward the program.
Grading basis: No courses taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory or pass/fail may be applied toward the program.
Statute of limitations: Five years.


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