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Masters of Science

Offering FNP, FPMHNP, and PNP programs

Interested Applicants to the MS in Nursing Program

We are no longer accepting applicants to the MS program as we transition to additional nursing degree programs. Please contact the College of Nursing Admissions Representative at admiss@upstate.edu to discuss other potential degree options.

We are now enrolling students in the BS to DNP program

About The Program

Our master of science degree program educates registered nurses with bachelor's degrees to work as nurse practitioners. The program also prepares nurses for roles in leadership, consulting, education and research. Students studying to become nurse practitioners choose from three tracks: family, family psychiatric mental health or pediatric.

The master's program builds on your undergraduate nursing education and focuses on applying advanced theory and evidence-based data to clinical practice. The curriculum includes courses in the advanced practice role, nursing theory, family theory, informatics, quality and safety, leadership and health care policy, research and advanced pathophysiology and pharmacology. You may take practicum courses as electives to strengthen your advanced practice skills. You also may participate in faculty-sponsored research or individual research projects under faculty guidance, or practice teaching or nursing administration. 

Quick Facts


$11,310 - Full Time*
$5,652 - Part Time*

* per year for NYS Residents. Based on SUNY Tuition rates & fees. See Financial Aid for more details

Program Length

2 Years- Full Time
3 Years- Part Time

Degree flexibility with full or part time study

Course Delivery


The MS in Nursing is an on-campus degree, offering both full-time and part-time tracks.

Clinical Opportunities

The master's program emphasizes clinical practice and requires students to practice advanced nursing under the guidance of experts. In addition to the expertise available on campus (at Upstate University Hospital and its many specialty clinics) the College of Nursing has developed an extensive network of physician offices, hospitals, clinics and other agencies in New York State that participate in our program. These affiliations give you the opportunity to work in primary and acute care settings with preceptors who specialize in a vast array of clinical practice areas. Before graduating, students in the master's program complete either a master's thesis or a culminating project.

Degree Time Frame

Students may take up to five years to complete the master's program. On average, part-time students carry six credits per semester and finish in three to five years. Full-time students carry a minimum of nine credits per semester and finish in two or three years. Non-matriculated students may take up to nine credits of course work on a space-available basis while in the process of completing admissions requirements. Faculty advisors work closely with students to help them fit courses and program requirements into their work and daily lives.

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