The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Programs

Master of Science Program

Advance your nursing career with the Master of Science Program

University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked No. 23 (tie) in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings

The Master of Science Program, offered primarily online, prepares students for roles as nurse leaders in diverse settings. Earning an MS in Nursing will increase your earning potential, provide opportunities for advancement and help improve patient outcomes. 

The Master of Science- Clinical Nurse Leader concentration provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families and groups across the life span. 

The Master of Science with a Nursing Education concentration prepares nurses to develop and deliver curriculum to nursing students and to provide direct care patient education in healthcare settings.  

  • Nursing Studies (MS-NS) Degree Option

Students enrolled in the PhD or DNP program who are eligible may apply for the MS-NS degree option in order to teach for the College of Nursing as they complete their doctoral studies. This flexible program of study is designed to provide competent MS-prepared nurses for generalist roles in nursing.

  • Graduate students are also eligible to complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, which prepares registered nurses to work in education roles in colleges, universities and clinical settings.

Note about MS curriculum: 

All states require graduates of our programs to pass national certifying exams for MS-Clinical Nurse Leader and MS-Nursing Education prior to licensure. States may have additional requirements, but these are not addressed by our graduate curricula, which prepare students for the national certification exams. Access to your state’s licensing agency is available on the Directory of Nursing Licensing Agencies.

For further assistance, prospective and current students from states other than Massachusetts can contact Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Executive Associate Dean, jacelon@nursing.umass.edu.