Master of Science
MS Program, Fall Admission:
September 15 - April 1
MS Program, RNs With Bachelor's in a Non-Nursing Field
Spring Admission: August 1 - November 1
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.
Master's Program Tracks
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - (two and three year programs)
- Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) - (two and three year programs)
- The College of Nursing is asking applicants to carefully consider their life and work obligations prior to applying for the full-time (two-year) or part-time (three-year) program of study, as applicants cannot switch between part-time and full-time status. This policy can be appealed for extenuating circumstances only by submitting a request to the Dean of the College of Nursing.
Options for the Master's program
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.
Students can complete an education certificate by completing NURS 565: Nurse as Educator (required of all master's students) and 6 additional credits, NURS 655 Curriculum and Program Development and NURS 665 Educational Evaluation.
For information on individual state licensing requirements, please visit the State Licensing Requirements page.