Nursing

Fast Track MS Program

The Fast Track MS Program is for enrolled prelicensure baccalaureate nursing students.

Contact: Valerie King, DNP FNP-BC

Students in the baccalaureate program in nursing may apply for admission to the baccalaureate bachelor's/master's degree in nursing. Students can apply no earlier than second semester junior year. Application deadline is Feb. 1 for fall matriculation.

This program is offered to outstanding  nursing students enrolled in the UMass Lowell undergraduate B.S. While a baccalaureate student, several designated courses (6 credits) can be taken in the master's program. When the B.S. degree is awarded, accepted Fast Track students can enter the master's degree program if they have maintained a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Admission requirements for the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program for pre-licensure students include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 at the time of application and graduation
  • Introductory course in statistics
  • An interview with graduate nursing faculty 
  • Three letters of recommendation, with two from baccalaureate nursing faculty members and one from a supervisor of the applicant in a health care agency
  • Experience working in a nursing-related role
  • A brief goal statement on a separate sheet of paper indicating your immediate and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, and your professional aspirations as an advanced practice nurse. Goal statements should be congruent with the specialty tracks offered at UMass Lowell (FNP or A-GNP) and demonstrate an understanding of the scope of the advanced practice nurse in ambulatory, long term care or primary care settings.
  • A resume
  • Official transcripts
  • No GRE required
  • Must have 30 credits of undergraduate work at UMass Lowell toward B.S. degree
  • Up to six credits of designated graduate-level (500 or higher) courses may be used by a student in the bachelor'/master's degree program for both graduate and undergraduate degrees.  Courses to be credited to the MS degree must have been obtained with a grade B or better.
  • Acceptance to the MS program will be conditional pending successful completion of the baccalaureate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and passing of the NCLEX exam.

Students in the combined fast track program are expected to work at least part-time as an RN upon passing the NCLEX examination and upon entry to the MS program. (Enrollment in upper level graduate specialty courses may be delayed until you have working experience as an RN).

Accepted students must confer with graduate faculty on appropriate coursework prior to registration.

For more information about the application process for the master's program visit the Admissions & Aid page