The University of Massachusetts Amherst

RN to BS Admission


Please review the application instructions and complete the online application.

Priority Application Deadlines

January Admission: Priority deadline October 1; applications accepted through November 1
June Admission: February 1

We will continue to accept applications until all slots are filled.

Prerequisites and Admission Criteria

Admission to the RN to BS is open to registered nurses who have completed required prerequisites and whose cumulative GPA is 2.5 or higher. RN to BS applications are submitted to the Division of Online/Continuing Education (OE) and reviewed and approved by the College of Nursing. Applicants are notified about admissions decisions by the College of Nursing.

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current RN licensure (new graduates must obtain prior to starting their 2nd semester in the program)
  • Completion of 52 of the 60 non-nursing credits, including a grade of C or better in all seven nursing prerequisites (Nutrition, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Abnormal Psychology, Life Span Growth and Development, Statistics)

Application Process

To apply to the online RN-BS program, please review the application instructions and complete the online application.

Along with your application, you will need to submit a copy of your current RN licenseone recommendation (please use the Nursing Applicant Reference Form in the "Downloads" section below), and transcripts from all colleges you have previously attended. See the Prospective Student Recommendation Form in the "downloads" section below.

After receiving your application and transcripts, the Online Education office will determine admissibility.

Transfer Credits

If you are unsure of admissibility to the Online RN-BS program and if you wish, the Online Education Admissions office will evaluate your prior coursework and let you know which credits will transfer into the RN to BS program. If you wish, you may request a Transfer Credit Evaluation before you apply. 

Looking to transfer credits from a Massachusetts community college? Find yours here.

Note:  UMass Amherst waives the $75 application processing fee for Massachusetts Community College graduates (or current MA community college students in their last semester) who wish to transfer to the RN to BS program. For more information about the transfer process, visit the Online Education Admissions Office website.


Cost and Financial Aid

RN to BS Track | Estimated Costs 2018-19

Cost per credit = $585 

The cost per credit is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

In addition, there is a $47 registration fee per semester.

Estimated Fees and Expenses:

  • Health Insurance (all students are required to carry health insurance. Insurance is offered through UMass Amherst University Health Services.  For more information, visit the UHS website.
  • Undergraduate Entering Fee (one-time, non-refundable): $135
  • Professional liability insurance (purchased through Nurses Service Organization): $85-$100
  • Nursing Textbooks:  $1000

Financial Aid

Scholarship aid is available from the College of Nursing, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and foundations and private sources. Visit the  UMass Amherst Financial Aid office for more information.