Master's Programs

Contact:  Valerie King, DNP, FNP-BC, 978-934-4454

The master's program prepares advanced practice nurse to

  • Provide health care to diverse populations and
  • Demonstrate professional leadership roles.

Preferred Application Deadlines:

  • March 1 for Fall matriculation
  • October 1 for Spring matriculation

*Please specify full or part time status on your application

Areas of Specialization

Three areas of specialization are offered in the Master of Science degree program:

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist*
  • Family Health Nursing – Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontological Nursing – Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist* 

Interim Contact: Barbara Mawn, RN, Ph.D.

This program prepares advanced practice psychiatric nurses as competent therapists who care for individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings. Additionally, students are prepared to conduct comprehensive health assessments that will assist them in bridging the gaps between physical and mental health care. Students are eligible to sit for the Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and/or CNS exams.

*The Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing-Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist option is no longer accepting applications.


Family Health Nursing – Nurse Practitioner 

Program Contact: Valerie King, DNP, FNP-BC, 978-934-4454, 

This specialty focuses on promoting the health of individuals, families, and groups and identifying and treating common health problems across the life span. Students develop advanced skills in communication, health assessment, health teaching, nursing interventions and evaluation. Students are prepared as nurse practitioners and are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exams.

Please visit the online Graduate Academic Catalog for a sample course of study.

Adult/Gerontological Nursing – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Interim Contact: Karen Melillo, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAANP


This specialty focuses on promoting the health of adults and older adults during the process of normal development and aging. Students develop advanced skills in communicating with adults, health assessment, treating common health problems, health teaching, and nursing interventions and evaluation. Students are prepared as nurse practitioners and are eligible to sit for the adult and gerontological nurse practitioner certification exam.

All three master's degree specialties share the common goal of providing advanced practice nursing education with a focus on the management of health problems, research, leadership and health promotion among diverse populations.

The nursing program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Please visit the online Graduate Academic Catalog for a sample course of study.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the master's program are prepared to 

  • Practice in the advanced nursing role of the specialty,
  • Collaborate with individuals, families, peers and other professionals, and
  • Effectively demonstrate leadership in the profession.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Requirements for the master's program:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program
  • An undergraduate scholastic average of 3.0 or better
  • An introductory course in statistics
  • License to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and professional nursing experience  
  • A resume
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional competency with one preferably from a Baccalaureate faculty member and others from professional supervisors
  • An interview is required for all Adult Psych applicants
  • A brief statement on a separate sheet of paper indicating your immediate and and long-range goals, relevant work history, academic honors/awards received, and your professional aspirations as an advanced-practice nurse 
  • Computer literacy
  • Official transcripts
  • Completed application and fees

A minimum of 42 credits of course work is required for graduation with an MS for all students. A research project or a thesis is required for graduation.

Students may be admitted for part-time study. Part-time students must meet the same admission requirements for graduate study as full-time students. Part-time students will meet with their assigned advisor and plan a schedule for their program of studies.

Admission is competitive and only completed applications will be reviewed. Priority deadlines are March 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission. Applications received after these dates, if there are openings, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please visit the online Academic Catalog.

Master's Handbook (pdf)