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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Master’s program: traditional route to entry

william f. connell school of nursing

Are you ready to take your nursing practice—and your career—to the next level? If you’re an RN with a bachelor’s degree in nursing looking for a pathway to advanced practice, the traditional master’s program at the Connell School of Nursing offers a flexible, rigorous, and rewarding training environment that will help you meet your goals.

Nurse Practitioner named #1 fastest growing career for college graduates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Our traditional master’s program offers:

  • Exceptional academic and clinical experiences
  • Mentoring from discipline-leading scholars and practitioners
  • A full- or part-time curriculum specially designed to meet your needs
  • A rich array of resources to help strengthen your confidence, deepen your knowledge, and expand your professional horizons


Meet students in the program:

Full time or part time

We know our students lead busy lives with demanding schedules and active careers—and that outside obligations don’t end when graduate school begins. We want to help you make your master’s program manageable. Learn more about our options »


Curriculum and courses

You’ll take a total of 13 courses for 45 credits over the duration of your program. Our curriculum consists of:

  • Core courses in advanced practice nursing (27 credits)
  • Clinical specialty theory courses (6 credits)
  • Clinical specialty practice courses (12 credits)

Learn more about our curriculum »


Clinical placements

You will be well prepared for your clinical placement, which draws on the opportunities that Boston’s health care environment offers and on the Connell School’s professional network. Clinical teaching takes place at hundreds of clinical agencies and preceptors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, ranging from Boston’s major teaching hospitals to community health care agencies. Your placement sites and rotations will vary depending on your clinical specialty. Learn more about our clinical placements »



The Connell School faculty is made up of renowned experts across every field of research and practice. Our 52 full-time faculty and 76 part-time instructors are passionate about advancing nursing science. And they are dedicated to providing individual attention to each student—attention that makes a lasting difference in the lives and careers of our alumni. Learn more about our faculty »



A hallmark of our graduate programs is flexibility. You can begin the traditional route to entry in September or January, unless you're enrolling in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which starts every fall. You can enroll parttime—completing the program in three, four, or five years—or full time, finishing in two years. Learn more about our schedule »