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Graduate Nursing Degree Program

Learn what’s required for our master’s programs in nursing.

Our master’s level nursing programs facilitate the student’s transition into advanced practice nursing roles, specifically the roles of nurse educator, nurse practitioner and nursing administrator. We foster the professional development necessary for providing leadership in the delivery of healthcare, and provide a foundation for doctoral study. At the master’s level, nursing education is concentrated on increasing specialization in the diverse theoretical nursing foundations and specialization in advanced nursing practice. We expect that our graduates will contribute to the development of nursing as a profession through the development, implementation and evaluation of advanced practice roles.

Requirements for Nursing Master’s Programs

Candidates for our Master of Science degrees in nursing must satisfactorily complete a program of study, submit a capstone project and pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates must also fulfill all requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled.

The College of Nursing and Public Health Student Handbook describes all policies relating to admission, progression and graduation for master’s and doctoral students. Students are required to be familiar with all policies.

Capstone Project

The required capstone project results in a scholarly paper on a specific completed project in the student’s specialty area. The capstone project generally begins during one semester and is completed during a second semester. A faculty member supervises the student for the completion of this project.

Comprehensive Examination

All students must pass a written comprehensive examination given at the end of course work and in the last semester before a student will graduate. 

Completion of All Requirements

Degree requirements must be completed within five years after matriculation. If five years for completion are nearing and a student does not expect to finish within the required time frame, students must request permission in writing from the associate dean to extend the time to complete requirements.

The curriculum is revised periodically in the master’s program to ensure a course of study in each specialty that adheres to the specialty’s national guidelines, provides quality and cutting-edge course work and ensures that students are eligible to take national certification examinations after graduation.

All students enrolled in any MS program in Nursing take the same required core courses (15 credits). Some of these have prerequisites. The core must be completed before enrolling in the specialty courses. The capstone project is undertaken in conjunction with specialty course work.

Certification Exams

Although not mandated by New York State, the College of Nursing and Public Health faculty strongly recommend that graduates take the certification examination that relates to their major focus of study as soon after graduation as possible. The applicable examinations are:

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Education

Nurse Administration

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