RN-to-MS

Find out how your prerequisites transfer.

Before you begin the admissions process, you can submit copies of your unofficial transcripts to us for review, and an admissions counselor will advise you on your requirements for admission.

Maximize your studies—and your career trajectory—with the RN-to-MS, an accelerated path to earning both your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and MS degrees.

You can choose to specialize in one of two areas, and take courses online:

The RN-to-MS combines elements of the BSN program with the MS program by substituting the master's core courses for BSN core courses.

This option is designed for:

  • registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline
  • registered nurses who do not have a baccalaureate degree but possess the background and the interest in pursuing leadership and specialty preparation at the master's level.

Full-time and part-time options are available. You can:

You must complete the full course of study within six years to earn the RN-to-MS.

RN-to-MS Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

Qualifications:

  • an overall GPA of 3.0
  • a science GPA of 3.0 (chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology)

Application Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:
admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a recent professional source. Only the first recommendation received will be considered. 

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. After Feb. 2, 2018 a recommendation form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the Prerequisite Course List. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally or nationally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

Submit by mail:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.

Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.

This program is not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, due to the amount of online courses.

Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in January
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins in August

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Plan of Study: Health Services Leadership and Management Specialty

For the RN-to-MS program, you’ll complete the requirements for both the BSN as well as the MS degree in the Health Services Leadership and Management specialty. Certain courses count towards both the BSN and MS, allowing you to earn both degrees in less time and for less money than it would take to earn each separately.

Completing the BSN Degree

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN-to-BSN: Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 418 Elective 3
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse 5
*NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
  Total 17
  Total Credits for BSN Program: 31

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the Master’s CORE courses, students begin courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty or the Nursing Informatics specialty.

* MS Core Courses NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 are substituted for BSN Core Courses

** Students select a focus (HSLM Executive Practice or HSLM Education) for their electives. Students in the RN-MS program are required to complete 2 NURS 418 electives, rather than the 3 required for the RN-BSN.

Master's Core Courses
Course Title Credits
*NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Leadership & Management Core Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
  Total 17
HSLM Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
  Total 9
HSLM Education Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS 787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 791 Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 792 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions 3
  Total 9
  Total Credits for MS Program
38

 

Plan of Study: Nursing Informatics Specialty

For the RN-to-MS program, you’ll complete the requirements for both the BSN as well as the MS degree in the Nursing Informatics specialty. Certain courses count towards both the BSN and MS, allowing you to earn both degrees in less time and for less money than it would take to earn each separately.

Completing the BSN Degree

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 450 RN-to-BSN: Transition: Implications for Practice, Policy, and the Profession 3
NURS 452 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Care for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 454 Pathophysiologic Implications to Patient Assessment 5
NURS 418 Elective 3
  Total 14
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 418 Elective 3
NURS 460 Health Informatics for the Registered Nurse 3
NURS 467 Public Health Nursing Essentials for the Registered Nurse 5
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
  Total 17
  Total Credits for BSN Program: 31

Completing the MS Degree

After completing the Master’s CORE courses, students begin courses specific to the Health Services Leadership and Management MS specialty or the Nursing Informatics specialty.

* MS Core Courses NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 are substituted for BSN Core Courses

** Students select a focus (HSLM Executive Practice or HSLM Education) for their electives. Students in the RN-MS program are required to complete 2 NURS 418 electives, rather than the 3 required for the RN-BSN.

Master's Core Courses

 
Course Title Credits
*NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
*NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Nursing Informatics Specialty Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS 786 Systems Analysis and Design 3
NURS 784 Information Technology Project Management 3
NURS 785 Healthcare Database Systems 3
NURS 737 Nursing Informatics Concepts and Practice in Systems Adoption 3
NURS 738 Practicum In Nursing Informatics 4
NURS 770 Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction 3
  Total Credits for MS Program 40
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