Master of Science in Nursing

The UMass Lowell School of Nursing offers a master's program in nursing that emphasizes depth of knowledge and excellence in nursing in three areas of specialization: Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Adult/Gerontological Nursing and Family Health Nursing.

Program of Study
Program Outcomes
Admission and Degree Requirements
Areas of Specialization

Program of Study

The objectives of the master’s program curriculum are to provide advanced practice nursing education which focuses on:

  1. Health promotion of individuals, families and groups from diverse populations;
  2. Management of health problems in collaboration with client, families, and health professionals;
  3. Leadership in the profession; and 
  4. Research utilization for evidence-based practice.

The graduate program is designed for a four-semester, two-calendar year schedule, although part-time study is possible. Within each major area of specialization all students are prepared with knowledge and skills necessary for leadership in a variety of settings. Methods of inquiry, research and scholarly techniques are integral parts of the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

The master’s degree program educates graduates who are prepared to:

  1. Practice in the advanced nursing role of the specialty
  2. Collaborate with clients, peers, and other health professionals
  3. Demonstrate leadership in the profession of nursing.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Requirements for the master's program are:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program,
  • An undergraduate scholastic average of 3.0 or better,
  • An introductory course in statistics,
  • License to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and professional nursing experience,  
  • A resume,
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional competency with one preferably from a Baccalaureate faculty member. The others should be from professional supervisors.  Professional supervisors titles must be included.   
  • Written Statement: On one or two separate sheets of paper and in 750 words or less, please reflect on your past professional nursing experience and describe your immediate and and long-range goals, including your professional aspirations as an advanced-practice nurse,  
  • Computer literacy,
  • Official transcripts, and
  • Completed application and fees.

A minimum of 42 credits of course work is required for graduation with an MS for all students. A research project or a thesis is required for graduation.

Students may be admitted for part-time study. Part-time students must meet the same admission requirements for graduate study as full-time students. Part-time students will meet with their assigned advisor and plan a schedule for their program of studies. All admitted students are advised to contact their assigned advisors for program of study recommendations and to register for courses during University advisement periods.

Transfer of credits for non-matriculated students: Non-matriculated students may take a maximum total of 12 graduate credits (4 courses) earned with a grade of B or better prior to matriculation which may be applied toward the MS degree. Those taken at another accredited institution may be transferred if appropriate to the MS degree program in nursing and after approval by the faculty of record for the UMass Lowell course and the petition signed by the Graduate Coordinator. To qualify as a transfer the course must have been taken within 5 years prior to the date of matriculation. Transfer of credits may not be granted for Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical courses or for clinical practica.

Admission is competitive. Priority deadlines are April 30 for fall admission and November 1 for Spring Admission. Applications received after these dates, if there are openings, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the admissions process within three weeks of the application deadline.

Additional Information

Students must carry CPR certification. Evidence of such must be provided. In addition, entering students are required to submit proof of immunizations, a PPD, and immunizations.


Semester I

33.600 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing (3 credits)

30.550 Human Development & Pathophysiology (3 credits)

33.552 Social, Cultural & Policy Issues in Health Care (3 credits)

33.651 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3 credits)

TOTAL: 12 credits

Semester II

Specialty Theory I (4 credits)

Specialty Practicum I (3 credits)

33.559 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

TOTAL: 10 credits

Semester III

Specialty Theory II (4 credits)

Specialty Practicum II (3 credits)

33.601 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

TOTAL: 10 credits

Semester IV

Specialty Theory and Practicum III (4 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

33.733 Project -or- 33.734 Thesis (3 credits)

TOTAL: 10 credits

Areas of Specialization