Traditional Master’s Pathway Admissions 

Requirements for Admission

Applications to the Traditional 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. One acedemic reference, one professional reference and one letter of reference must be from a professional nurse who has been recently responsible for evaluating your professional nursing practice. 
  • a clear personal statement not to exceed 500 words, Why are you choosing to pursue a career as an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty?
  • Technical Standards for Admission

Application Deadline: March 15th


The applicant must have an unrestricted Massachusetts license as a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree earned from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE). An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better is required.

Applicants should have:

  • completed an undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better;
  • completed an undergraduate course in health assessment;
  • 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.