Master of Science Degree Program

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Master of Science program challenges you to explore the field from different perspectives and put exciting new theories and methods into practice.

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U.S. News and World Report - Best Grad Schools - Nursing - Master's Degree 2018‌Building on your undergraduate coursework and experience in the field of nursing, the Master of Science (MS) program will challenge you to expand your understanding of the profession. Focus on a specialized area of advanced practice nursing including public health, informatics, leadership, and more.

The MS program prepares you to:

  • excel in a career as a clinical nurse leader, administrator, public health nurse, or informatician
  • work in a specialized area of nursing
  • be a leader in a professional organization, health care agency, or organization centered on policy
  • pursue a doctoral degree.

The MS program offers a range of options to fit your interests, specialties, and career goals:

Program Details

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Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the MS program must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate study
  • An active United States registered nurse license; clinical agencies will require an active Maryland license
  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • One recent professional reference (PDF) New! Effective immediately for the spring 2016 application, applicants need just one professional reference. 
  • A professional résumé
  • A personal essay
  • English Proficiency & Foreign Coursework Evaluation Information (for international applicants only)

These requirements do not apply to the Clinical Nurse Leader and Coursework Only options.


What You’ll Do

During your MS program coursework, you’ll develop a range of critical skills that will make you a more effective, more prepared, and more versatile nursing professional. Graduates of the MS program are prepared to:

  • Incorporate scientific inquiry and theoretical concepts into efforts to improve the care to individuals and communities
  • Lead evidence-based and interprofessional approaches for the design and delivery of comprehensive, culturally competent care to individuals/families, communities, and populations
  • Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health care systems to foster safety and excellence in health care delivery
  • Engage in ethically sound, culturally sensitive, and evidenced-based practice to promote the health of individuals and communities
  • Commit to lifelong learning for self and promote lifelong learning to consumers
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e. nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics, advanced clinical practice, and clinical nursing leadership)

Additionally, as a University of Maryland School of Nursing student, your character, attitude, and ethics must be unimpeachable. We expect that you’ll value scientific inquiry’s essential role in professional practice while challenging yourself and your peers to make meaningful contributions to the nursing profession.