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Master of Science Degree


The master’s program in nursing prepares professional nurses to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings. The curriculum provides advanced preparation in primary health care nursing (family or gerontological nurse practitioner), psychiatric-mental health nursing adult or child/adolescent, gerontological nursing, nursing education, and nursing administration. Graduates of the programs in nurse practitioner and the clinical nurse specialists are eligible to sit for certification exams.

The Master of Science program is designed to accommodate both full and part-time graduate students. Students may begin their studies either in the fall or spring semester, although it is more desirable to begin in the fall because of the fixed nature of many course offerings each semester.


Individual students may choose to combine concentrations. For example, a student in a nurse practitioner concentration may elect education theory courses (NUR 538 and NUR 541). Several concentration courses and electives are offered at the URI College of Continuing Education in Providence.


The curriculum is organized around three distinct groups of courses:

  • The first consists of core courses in nursing theory, theories of practice, nursing research, and leadership in the health policy process.
  • The second includes nursing courses that focus on the study of problems and nursing strategies in client and client-nurse systems. These are designed to provide knowledge and skills relevant to client care in the chosen area of concentration.
  • The third group of courses is designed to provide knowledge specific to the student’s concentration area. Students are required to take elective courses in the number required for the concentration, and a one-credit graduate seminar.

Program Requirements

  • 41 credits are required for nursing administration, nursing education, clinical nurse specialist in gerontological and psychiatric-mental health.
  • 42 credits are required for nurse practitioner (family nurse practitioner, gerontological nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology nurse practitioner).

Note: The program includes 14 credits in core courses required of all students. See below.

Core Courses (14 Credits)

NUR 520 Graduate Study Seminar (1 credit)
A seminar designed to facilitate the synthesis and examination of information learned in the master’s program about nursing knowledge development, advancement of nursing practice, and leadership role development.

NUR 651: Advanced Methods in Nursing Research I (3 crs.)
In-depth study of approaches used in qualitative research including philosophical underpinnings and research design, and their potential application to knowledge development in nursing practice.

NUR 652: Advanced Methods In Nursing Research II (3 crs.)
In-depth study of application of theories and methods in sampling, research design, data collection, and data analysis for quantitative and evaluative research in nursing.

NUR 660: Philosophical and Theoretical Bases of Health Research (4 crs.)
Presentation of the philosophical and theoretical bases of healthcare research.

HDF 527: Health Care Policy (3 crs.)
Development of policy frameworks and their application for understanding current major health care policy issues across lifespan, including economic, political, and ethical dimensions. Exploration of the experiences of other countries.

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