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 two areas of specialization: Adult/Gerontological Nursing and Family Health Nursing.

Description of Program

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: A goal statement that briefly highlights relevant work history and immediate and long term professional goals as an advanced-practice nurse. Goal statements should be congruent with the specialty tacks offered at UMass-Lowell (FNP or AGNP) and demonstrate an understanding of the scope of the advanced practice nurse in ambulatory, long term care settings.
  • Computer literacy,
  • Official transcripts, from all of your previous degree coursework (Associates and Bachelors in Nursing) as well as any completed or in progress graduate courses, 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 an option but not 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, Specialty Courses or Specialty Practicum courses.

Admission is competitive. Admission is competitive and only completed applications will be reviewed. Priority deadlines are February 1 for fall matriculation. We don not have Spring semester acceptances at this time. Applications received after these dates, if there are openings, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students may take up to 4 courses (12 credits) from University of Massachusetts Lowell or other accredited graduate program taken prior to matriculation. Please seek advice from Valerie King MS/DNP Admission Coordinator for appropriate courses to take as a non-matriculated student. Upon admission, these courses can be transferred in but may not affect your projected year of graduation due to capacity limits of current cohorts. 

Additional Information

The following health and professional documentation is required upon admission: Current CPR certification, RN nursing license, required immunizations (or titers indicating immunity)  influenza, Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdap, varicella, PPD;  and recent health exam by health care provider.  In addition every student must be cleared by CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information). Students who cannot provide this information will be unable to complete required clinical practicum. 

Degree Pathway for full time option*

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 Elective (3 credits)

TOTAL: 10 credits

*Part time option available and varies according to number of courses taken and current capacity in specialty cohorts.

Areas of Specialization