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.

MS Program Evaluation

General information about the role of nurse practitioners

What Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners Do
The American Nurses Association – What Nurses do

Foundation Courses

All foundation core courses are offered at least once every academic year, and occasionally in the summer terms. The foundational core includes:

  • NURS 5012:
    Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 5020:
    Statistical Methods in Health Sciences Research (3) or EPSY 5605 Quantitative Methods in Research (3)
  • NURS 5030:
    Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 5060:
    Advanced Pathophysiology: Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 5062: (required for all students except those in neonatal tracks)
    Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 5362: (required for all students in neonatal tracks)
    Neonatal Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS 5070: (required for all students except those in neonatal tracks)
    Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions
  • NURS 5870:
    Health Policy and Populations-based Advocacy for the Scholarship of Application

Graduate students who select a focus in the Nurse Practitioner role are educationally prepared to provide advanced practice care across the health wellness-illness continuum to a focused population as defined by nationally recognized role and population-focused competencies. Clinical and didactic coursework prepares the graduate for eligibility to apply for track-specific national certification examination prepared by an approved national organization and for license to practice in the selected APRN role and population focus.

Graduate Students who select the Clinical Nurse Leader focus are prepared as a leader in the health care delivery system and are educationally prepared with core content that includes evidence-based practice, microsystems, patient outcomes, cohort risk, and leadership.

Refer to the Graduate Student Handbook and the Degree Requirements which includes a description of the Comprehensive Examination that is required for completion of the MS degree in Nursing. For specific information about projected course offerings, contact the specialty track coordinator (shown on the specialty track pages linked below).

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.

Location of Classes

Lecture courses usually meet once a week for three to four hours. Courses are primarily offered on the Storrs Campus in either morning, afternoon or evening time slots. Core classes are offered online and/or in classrooms. Clinical practicums are offered in a variety of sites throughout Connecticut and nationally when appropriate.

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.

RN to MS

Registered nurse graduates of associate degree or diploma programs who hold licenses to practice in Connecticut may apply for admission. To be eligible to receive advanced placement credit, registered nurse graduates must meet the following requirements: hold a valid license in Connecticut as a Registered Nurse (RN); fulfill the admissions requirements for the University; and are accepted by the University.

The minimum number of credits to be awarded for nursing content from an associate degree or diploma nursing program is 30 semester credits if the student completed the RN degree within 6 years of admission to the UConn undergraduate program. The School awards 30 credits to RN students demonstrating required competency. The number of credits transferred cannot exceed the number of credits earned.

All previously-completed coursework is eligible for transfer review. The University of Connecticut will not accept general education credits for courses in which a grade below C was earned. Please note that the School of Nursing has a minimum C grade requirement in numerous courses, as specified under the Scholastic Standing Requirement, which follow.

Transcripts are evaluated for admission on an individual basis. Applicants may request evaluation of their records for awarding credits for other standardized examinations and experiential background that are part of the curriculum.

Financial Assistance

Federal Nurse Traineeship
Appications are distributed to all matriculated students each spring via the School’s master’s listserv. Federal funds are available for tuition assistance on a semester-by-semester basis.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in the School of Nursing
Available to full time students. Reimbursement includes tuition waiver, health care benefits, and a stipend. A minimum of 10 hours a week is required. Applications are made available, on-line, to all matriculated students each spring.

University Scholarships & Financial Aid Opportunities
Visit the Graduate Catalog to view university scholarships and financial aid opportunities. You may also request a printed catalog by calling the Graduate Admissions Office (860) 486-3617..

New England Regional Student Program
Special tuition rates are offered to out-of state students enrolled in certain graduate degree programs at UConn. Contact the NEBHE, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 for more information.

School of Nursing Scholarships
For more information, please visit the School of Nursing Scholarships page.

UConn SON Graduate Programs

Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA)

The AACN launched the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) last year to provide an array of programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in our master’s and doctoral programs. The GNSA is focused on serving the professional development needs of graduate nursing students as they prepare for future careers as faculty members, researchers, advanced practice registered nurses, policy experts, healthcare administrators, and other roles in nursing leadership. For more info, visit

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 of Advanced Practice Programs

P: (860) 486-0600

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