Master of Science

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U.S. News and World Report - Best Grad Schools - Nursing - Master's Degree 2019The 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.

Building 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.

Three master's specialties are offered: 

The MS program also offers these options to fit your career goals:

MS Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines


  • 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
  • an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • successful completion of a course in elementary statistics or nursing research
  • successful completion of a physical assessment course, except for applicants to:
    • Nursing and Business Administration (MS/MBA)
    • Health Services Leadership and Management
    • Nursing Informatics.

Application Materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

  • Community and Public Health applicants should select NURS - MS on the application type dropdown list.
  • Health Services Leadership and Management (all options) and Nursing Informatics applicants should select NURS - Online Masters on the application type dropdown list.

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, or by mail.

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

Submit via email to:

One recommendation. Your recommendations 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. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a 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.

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.

The Health Service Leadership management and Nursing Informatics master's specialties are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship by the University of Maryland, Baltimore due to the amount of online courses.


  • 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.

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.

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