Nursing

Fast Track MS Program

The Fast Track MS Program is for licensed RN Baccalaureate students enrolled in the RN-BS Completion Program.
Contact: Valerie King, DNP, FNP-BC

This program is offered to outstanding RN nursing students enrolled in the UMass Lowell baccalaureate BS program enabling them to earn a MS degree in 2-3 years after completion of the BS degree. While a baccalaureate student, several designated courses (6 credits) can be taken in the master's program. Courses can be applied to both the BS (as an elective) and the MS program (as an elective or required course).  When the B.S. Degree is awarded, accepted students can enter the master's degree program if they have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. RN students enrolled in the RN-BS Completion Program in nursing may apply for admission to the fast-track 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 Fast-track Bachelor’s/Master’s Program for RN students include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 at the time of application.
  • Introductory course in statistics
  • Official Transcripts from all previous degrees, including the associate degree program, and statistics course grade.
  • An interview with graduate nursing faculty
  • Three letters of recommendation, with two from Baccalaureate Faculty. The third recommendation can be from someone who has supervised you and can speak to your capacity for entering into a graduate nurse practitioner program.
  • Experience working as an RN
  • Computer literacy
  •  A goal statement  that briefly highlights your relevant work history and your immediate and long term professional goals as an advanced-practice nurse.  Goal statements should be congruent with the specialty tracks offered at UMass Lowell (FNP or AGNP) and demonstrate an understanding of the scope of the advanced practice nurse in ambulatory, long term care or primary care settings.
  • A resume
  • Must have 30 credits of undergraduate work at UMass Lowell toward B.S. Degree
  • Up to six credits of 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.
  • 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.

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