Joyce Scarpinato

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP, PPCNP-BS, FNP-C
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
Director of Master's Program

Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)

How to Apply—MS Nursing

Application Period
Traditional MS Program, Fall Admission:
September 1 - May 15

MS Program for those with a Bachelor's in another Field, Spring Admission:
July 1 - December 1

Current Students

Current students who want to apply to any MS program should follow these instructions:

  • Login to My Upstate
  • Click on the Home tab
  • Click on Apply for Another Upstate Program
  • Click on Complete or Update Application
  • Complete and Submit Application to the Program of your Choice
  • Submit one letter of recommendation

Current Upstate students are not required to submit transcripts unless any courses have been completed at another college since the time of your original application. For more information on how to apply, please e-mail admissfa@upstate.edu.

1. Complete the SUNY Upstate application

Submit the College of Nursing application. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of classes, but need not be completed at the time the application is submitted. List on the application all the classes you are currently taking and/or plan to take prior to entry into the program. PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.

2. Submit Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters must come from a professor/faculty member, a manager/supervisor, or an advanced practice nurse. One letter must be from someone able to evaluate your clinical experience. We will also accept e-mailed letters of recommendation but only if it comes from a professional or college e-mail address. For example, jbrown@wegmans.com or jbrown@sunyocc.edu would be acceptable. UpstateFitness@gmail.com or jbrown@yahoo.com will not be accepted. E-mailed letters of recommendation should be sent to admissfa@upstate.edu.

3. Submit Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college from which they have received credit. Applicants should e-mail grade updates to admissfa@upstate.edu at the end of the fall semester.

If your college transcripts are not in English, or it is not in the same grading system as the United States, you will need to get a translation and a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency.

All official transcripts are to be sent to the Admissions & Financial Aid Office at the address below.

4. Submit copies of your RN License & CPR Certification: Copies of your current RN license and current CPR certification must be presented prior to matriculation.

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Admissions and Financial Aid
766 Irving Ave.
1215 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210


You will be notified of a decision soon after the Admissions Committee reviews your completed application.

Once accepted, you must send a $150 deposit to reserve your place in the entering class. This deposit will be deducted from your first semester tuition. All acceptances are contingent upon satisfactory completion of any college course work in progress.