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

  • NURS.6000 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing (3 credits)
  • HSCI.5500 Human Development & Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS.5520 Social, Cultural & Policy Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • NURS.6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (3 credits)
  • TOTAL: 12 credits

Semester II

  • NURS.6600 Family Health Nursing I (4 credits)
  • NURS.6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I (180 hours) (3 credits)
  • NURS.5590 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • TOTAL: 10 credits

Semester III

  • NURS.6610 Family Health Nursing II (4 credits)
  • NURS.6640 Family Health Nursing Practicum II (180 hours) (3 credits)
  • NURS.6010 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • TOTAL: 10 credits

Semester IV

  • NURS.6620 Family Health Nursing III (4 hours/week didactic plus 240 clinical hours) (4 credits)
  • NURS.7330 Research Project or Elective (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • TOTAL: 10 credits

TOTAL Credits Needed : 42

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

Areas of Specializations:

This specialty focuses on promoting health of young adults age 13 and up, adults and older adults during the process of normal aging and identifying and treating common health problems. Students develop advanced skills in communicating with young adults, adults and older adults, health assessment, health teaching and nursing intervention and evaluation. Students are prepared as nurse practitioners and eligible to sit for the adult gerontological primary care nurse practitioner certification exam.

Specialty Courses:

  • NURS.6100 Adult-Gerontological Nursing I
  • NURS.6130 Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practicum I
  • NURS.6110 Adult-Gerontological Nursing II
  • NURS.6140 Adult-Gerontological Nursing Practicum II
  • NURS.6120 Adult-Gerontological Nursing III

Family Health Nursing
Family Health Specialty Track Degree Pathway Full Time Information (pdf)
Family Health Track Degree Pathway Part Time Information (pdf)

This specialty focuses on facilitating the health practices of families during the process of normal development and identifying and treating common health problems across the life span. Students develop advanced skills in communicating with families, health assessment, health teaching and nursing intervention and evaluation. Students are prepared as nurse practitioners and are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Specialty Courses:

  • NURS.6600 Family Health Nursing I
  • NURS.6630 Family Health Nursing Practicum I
  • NURS.6610 Family Health Nursing II
  • NURS.6640 Family Health Nursing Practicum II
  • NURS.6620 Family Health Nursing III