Graduate Entry Pathway Admissions

Requirements for Admission

Applications to the Graduate Entry Pathway Master of Science program will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:

  • completed application via NursingCAS;
  • application fee made payable to the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing;
  • official transcripts of college graduation from an accredited institution and all other colleges and universities attended, including prerequisite courses if taken outside of a degree program;
  • Acceptable qualitative and quantitative GRE scores and GRE scores taken within the last five years
  • three letters of recommendation from people with whom the applicant has been in contact within the last five years. Two letters must be an academic reference from a person with an advanced degree, and one must be a work-related reference from a person who has been in a position to evaluate the applicant’s work performance
  • a career goals statement referring to your specialty of choice and to your experience must be submitted.  Please be as specific as possible.  This career goals statement should be no longer than 500 words, doubled spaced, typewritten.  You must respond to the following question: Why are you choosing to pursue a career as an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty?
  • Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space-available basis.
  • Technical Standards for admission

Application Deadline: January 15th


Applicants should have a minimal grade of C or better in the following courses within the last five years. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in undergraduate studies.

  • two courses in anatomy and physiology with lab;
  • one course in microbiology with lab;
  • two courses in the social sciences one must be a  course in Human Growth and Development across the Life Span;
  • one course in college-level statistics (five-year time constraint does not apply to statistics course);
  • computer competence at the user level;
  • proficiency in reading and writing in the English language. Applicants whose native language is not English must supply their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results; and
  • CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association after acceptence