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William F. Connell School of Nursing

BS-MS Program

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Do you know about the BS-MS master's program? Highly qualified undergraduate nursing students may be admitted to the master’s program during their senior year. In anticipation of this, junior and senior students can take graduate nursing courses as electives. Following graduation in May, admitted students take three graduate courses during the summer, and then complete the master's program during the following academic year. The master's program can also be completed on a part-time basis, but the student must be continuously enrolled.

The graduate courses taken during junior and senior year will apply to the requirements for the bachelor's degree (as electives) and also are accepted for the master's degree at William F. Connell School of Nursing if you are accepted prior to graduation in May.


Eligibility and Procedures

  1. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 and earn a grade of B or above in all nursing courses.
  2. Discuss plans to apply to the BS-MS program with your academic advisor, and attend an information session or meet with the associate dean for undergraduate programs.  
  3. Take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). The CSON Continuing Education Office offers a GRE review course.
  4. Complete the online application for the master’s program by December 30 of your senior year. See the admission page for master's program application details. The application requires recommendations, transcripts, essays, declaration of expected specialty, GRE scores, an application fee, etc.
  5. Pass the NCLEX-RN examination and hold an unrestricted RN license in Massachusetts the summer following graduation from the undergraduate program.


Curriculum Plan

Classes of 2017 & 2018: Students in either Plan A or B may participate in this program. 

Classes of 2019 & 2020: Students in either Fall or Spring "Flex" may participate in this program. 

Courses that undergraduate nursing students may take toward the BS-MS Program:
  • NURS7415 Conceptual Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS7416 Ethical Reasoning and Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS7420 Pharmacology and Advanced Nursing Practice (offered only in the spring; required prior to clinical for all students)
  • NURS7426 Psychopharmacology (spring only; required for  students in psych-mental health)
  • NURS7520 Research Methods for Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  • NURS7672 Pathophysiologic Processes
  • Any graduate level elective (does not need to be in the School of Nursing)
  • Others at the discretion of faculty 

Please note:


Students should speak with their advisors and with the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program if planning to apply to the BS-MS Program or take graduate level courses senior year.



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