University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program


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Master of Science in Nursing (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) degree program prepares professional nurses to assume leadership roles within the discipline of nursing in a variety of settings, to expand knowledge of nursing, develop expertise in a specialized area of nursing and acquire the foundation for doctoral study and continued professional development.

In keeping with evolving national accreditation standards, the Master of Science (MS) program for nurse practitioners in primary care offered by the Department of Nursing is transitioning to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and will accept its final entering class in fall 2014. Students in the final MS class are expected to complete the program on a full-time basis in December 2016.

MS Courses of Study and Curriculum

The Master of Science program offers several courses of study:

All graduates are eligible for national certification in their specialty area.

The graduate program is a 54-60 credit master's program. All tracks/majors require 15 credits of core courses. All require a thesis or project along with successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Faculty Research
Research is important to the nursing department. Students will be participate research for themselves as well as in partnership within the department of nursing and others across campus.

MS Program Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in Vermont
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • College grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Previous basic physical assessment course
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Practice experience is an advantage

MS Program Application Process

1. Complete the Nursing Common Application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (Nursing CAS), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Follow instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to Nursing CAS. This includes:

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • On the NursingCAS application there is an opportunity for the applicant to self-report when they took the GREs. Official GRE scores should be submitted to UVM on the Graduate College Online Application via code 3920.
  • Essay: Why did you choose nursing as a career? Do you have any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?

2. Complete the UVM Graduate Online Application. Include the following information with the UVM application:

  • The essay submitted with the Nursing CAS application
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. The college will accept both the old and new version of the GRE, but scores must be received by the application deadline. (UVM CODE: 3920)
  • Application Fee
  • No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont

Contact Information
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858

NursingCAS Customer Service
(617) 612-2880

Financial Aid

For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.

Last modified February 27 2014 10:19 AM