Pre-Master’s Pathway Admissions
Requirements for Admission
In order to be admitted to the Pre-master’s Pathway, students are required to have completed undergraduate professional nursing courses in leadership, health assessment and concepts/practice in community health. Students may have to submit course syllabi for evaluation. Although the Pre-master’s Pathway does not grant a bachelor’s degree in nursing, it can enable the student to meet the criteria for admission into the graduate program in nursing.
Application Deadline: March 15th
Applications to the Pre-master’s Pathway will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:
completed application via NursingCAS;
evidence of unrestricted Massachusetts licensure as a registered nurse;
application fee made payable to the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing;
official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
Acceptable qualitative and quantitative GRE scores and official report of GRE scores from tests 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. At least one letter of reference must be from a professional nurse who has been recently responsible for evaluating the applicant’s professional nursing practice. One letter of reference must be an academic reference from a person with an advanced degree; the third letter should be a professional letter of reference;
a clear personal statement indicating goals of study not to exceed 500 words. Why are you choosing to pursue a career as an advanced practice in your chosen specialty?
applicant must have baccalaureate degree in a field other than nurisng and a degree earned from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better is required.
applicant must have an unrestricted Massachusetts license as a registered nurse
Applicants should have:
completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better;
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;
completed undergraduate professional nursing courses in nursing leadership, health assessmentand concepts and community health with practicum
CPR Certification for Health Providers (BLS) by the American Heart Association.