College of Nursing

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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 (≥9 credits) and part-time (≤8 credits) 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).


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

  • 42 credits are required for nursing education concentration
  • 43-46 credits are required for the nurse practitioner concentrations (FNP, AGNP/CNS and AG-ACNP).


All programs admit for fall and spring starts. A completed application package, including supporting materials, is due by the application deadlines noted below. Applications missing material will not be reviewed until complete. We recommend submitting your online application no later than two weeks prior to the deadline which gives your references two weeks to complete their recommendations.

Fall Start Action
February 15th Application Deadline
February 16th – February 28th Applicants are notified of received complete applications
March 1st – March 15th Applications are reviewed
March 16th – April 15th Recommendations are sent to the Graduate school and decisions are emailed out
Spring Start Action
October 15th Application Deadline
October 16th to October 31st Applicants are notified of received complete applications
November 1st to November 15th Applications are reviewed
November 16th to November 30th Recommendations are sent to the Graduate school and decisions are emailed out

Application Requirements

The following are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. PLEASE NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Unofficial copies can be uploaded into the online application and upon admission official copies will be required. If any courses were transferred as credit towards your baccalaureate degree, please be sure to upload those transcripts as well.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a masters prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission requirements from other post-secondary nursing programs. PLEASE NOTE: Test scores are not required for post masters certificate applicants.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study).

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Completed application with all materials
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects graduate level writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
  • A basic statistics course
  • RN applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program

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