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Fast Track MS Program for Licensed RN Baccalaureate Students

Bachelor's to Master's Program

Outstanding UMass Lowell students in the Bachelor of Science nursing program may apply for admission to the bachelor's to master's degree in nursing. Students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average can apply no earlier than second semester junior year. Application deadline is Feb. 1 for Fall semester course enrollment matriculation and October 1 for Spring semester course enrollment.

Several designated courses (6 credits) can be taken in the master's program while a student is an undergraduate. 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 Fast Track students can enter the master's degree program if they have maintained a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate nursing students from the Solomont School of nursing usually complete 3 to 6 credits of graduate courses prior to completion of their BS degree. Pre-enrollment advising will be done by a graduate faculty member to facilitate course enrollment.

The Fast Track MS Program is for licensed RN Bachelor of Science students enrolled in the UMass Lowell RN-BS Completion Program. Admission requirements 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
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at lease one from BS Faculty. The second recommendation can be from someone who has supervised you and can speak to your capacity for entering into a graduate nurse practitioner program such as a supervisor or manager in your health care setting.
  • Experience working as an RN
  • 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 that will be applied 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
Contact: Valerie King, DNP, FNP-BC