Master of Science (MS)

The University of Connecticut School of Nursing graduate program prepares exceptional, skilled, visionary nurse leaders who synthesize best evidence and translate it into practice to advance health locally and globally.

Through flexible programming and superior clinical experiences, graduate students enjoy the many unique features of the UConn graduate nursing experience:

General Information

The Graduate Program at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing began offering courses in September 1971. Our graduates are found across the United States and globally. Approximately 50 to 55 students graduate each year. The Master of Science Programs prepare students for advanced nursing practice, with several options for specialization.


The purpose of the master’s program is to prepare advanced practice nurses with specialized knowledge, skills and values. Graduates assume leadership roles in the health care system and advance practice and the discipline of nursing by applying existing nursing knowledge and using a spirit of inquiry to examine and test nursing knowledge.

Objectives of the Master’s Program

  • Synthesize appropriate therories from nursing and related fields to respond to emerging health care challenges.
  • Synthesize appropriate scientific findings and theories from nursing and related fields to lead change to improve outcomes.
  • Influence health care policy for the benefit of person, community, nursing, and environment.
  • Demonstrate PRAXIS at an advanced level of nursing in a selected area of concentration.
  • Exert leadership in creating a collaborative and caring health care community.
  • Synthesize best evidence and translate into practice to creatively improve health care quality and outcomes.

Notice to All International Students Applying to MS Programs

This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.

Application Process

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is accepting applications for Spring 2018, deadline to apply is November 15, 2017. Applications for Fall 2018 for Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult-Gero Acute Care (AGACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) open on September 15, 2017. Application deadline is January 15, 2018 for Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult-Gero Acute Care (AGACNP), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The application deadline for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is July 15, 2018.

The Master’s degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the University of Connecticut, with a major in Nursing. Therefore, all students apply to and are admitted to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Nursing. Applications are accepted through January 15. Rolling admissions will be available thereafter for programs with space available.

The following must be submitted online to the Graduate School:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
  2. Graduate School Application
  3. Application fee
  4. Photocopy of the Connecticut RN license
  5. Three letters of reference (Professional, Employer/Supervisor, Academic)
  6. Copy of your curriculum vitae or resume
  7. Residency affidavit until May 1st
  8. Personal Statement (describe rationale for graduate nursing education and for specific track selected)

For Financial Aid consideration application deadline for Fall enrollment is March 1 through Financial Aid. RNs who do not have a BS in nursing are encouraged to apply to our accelerated RN to MS program through undergraduate admissions.

Non-Degree or Transfer Coursework

Up to 25% of the credits required for a University of Connecticut master’s degree program may be accepted in transfer from other institutions provided these conditions are met:

  1. the major advisor or the advisory committee indicates its approval of the transfer of credit(s) by signing the Plan of Study and the Transfer Credit Request Form as appropriate for the degree program;
  2. the courses must be at a level appropriate for a graduate degree and offered by an accredited institution;
  3. such coursework is within the six-year limit for completion of master’s degree requirements; and
  4. the grades earned in any courses to be transferred must be B (not B-) or higher.

Full/Part Time Study

Both full-time and part-time study are available. Full-time study is encouraged for its educational benefits as well as access to financial assistance.

The School of Nursing is located at:

University of Connecticut School of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-2026

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For more information, please contact:

Ivy Alexander PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN
Director, AGPCNP Program
P: (860) 486-0600

Annette Jakubisin-Konicki PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC
Director, FNP Program
P: (860) 486-2418

Paula McCaley DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC
Director, AGACNP Program
P: (860) 486-6004

Sandra Bellini DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE
Director, NNP Program
P: (860) 486-8063

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