Master's degree program outcomes are formulated on the clear assumption that graduate education builds upon undergraduate education. Graduate education is an intensive and analytic expansion of knowledge, enabling the perception and development of new and more complex relationships that affect nursing. Graduate education provides and ensures further opportunity for our students to think conceptually, to apply theory and research to practice, and to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialized area of advanced practice nursing.
About the Program
The MS program prepares graduates:
- With role preparation as a clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, CRNA, administrator, or informatician.
- With expertise in a specialized area of nursing practice.
- For leadership in nursing practice, professional organizations, health care agencies and policy-generating bodies.
- For doctoral study.
Graduates of the MS program are prepared to:
- Initiate collaborative efforts for the improvement of care to individuals and communities though improved practices of health care delivery
- Advocate for interprofessional approaches to 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
- 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, and advanced clinical practice)
MS Admissions Requirements
Requirements for all MS options except Clinical Nurse Leader and Coursework Only (Non-degree status).
- Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign university
- Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate study
- Active United States registered nurse license required. Clinical agencies will require an active Maryland license.
- Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- Two recent professional references (PDF)
- Professional résumé
- Personal essay
For International Applicants
Deadlines for Admission
Admission is highly competitive. For information on application deadlines, including priority and final dates, please visit our application deadline page.
Apply online. The UMSON catalog is available online. Information about course descriptions and schedule of courses is also available online.