Fast Track MS Program for Licensed RN Baccalaureate Students

Contact: Valerie King, DNP FNP-BC

This program is offered to outstanding RN nursing students enrolled in the UMass Lowell undergraduate BS program enabling them to earn two degrees in five years.  While a baccalaureate student, several designated courses (6 credits) can be taken in the master's program.  When the B.S. Degree is awarded, students can enter the master's degree program if they have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

RN students in the baccalaureate program in nursing may apply for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in nursing at the end of their junior year or the beginning of their senior year.

Admission requirements to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program for RN students include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better at the end of the junior year
  • Introductory course in statistics
  • An interview with graduate nursing faculty
  • Three letters of recommendation, with two from Baccalaureate Faculty 
  • Experience working as an RN
  • Computer literacy
  • A brief statement on a separate sheet of paper indicating your immediate and and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, and your professional aspirations as an advanced-practice nurse
  • A resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Must have 30 credits of undergraduate work at UMass Lowell toward B.S. Degree
  • Allowed to take up to 6 graduate credits (500 Level or above) while completing senior year and these credits count for both degrees
  • No GRE required

Acceptance to the MS program will be made pending successful completion of the baccalaureate program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

Applications for the master’s program may be obtained through the Graduate Admissions office in Dugan Hall or online.