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Masters of Science

College of Nursing

Not Currently Accepting Applicants To This Program

We are no longer accepting applicants into our MS program. The information contained on this site are for students currently enrolled in our MS program.


BS to DNP Program

We are currently accepting applications to the BS to DNP program.

Please see information about 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 currently enrolled in the program are studying to become nurse practitioners in four tracks: adult geriatric, 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*

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

Program Length

5 Semesters - Full Time

Degree flexibility with full time study

Course Delivery


The MS in Nursing degree offers courses both online and in-person

Program Tracks

Previous MS Programs of Study

As we transition our programs to BS to DNP, we are no longer accepting applicants to the Master of Science program.  However, details are supplied below for students who are completing these programs.

For current students who are enrolled in the AGNP, FNP, PNP, and FPMHNP Programs

BS to DNP Program

We are currently accepting applications to the BS to DNP program.

Please see information about the BS to DNP program.

Please contact the College of Nursing Admissions Representative at [email protected] to discuss other potential degree options.


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.

"The Upstate BS program challenged me to think deeper about my ways of teaching, advocating, and leading.  I am inspired to take these skills and use them to better myself and my relationships with patients and coworkers in new and exciting ways."

—Catherine Byrnes, RN, OCN