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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Master’s program: RN to M.S.

william f. connell school of nursing

Are you ready to explore a master’s degree? If you’re an RN without a bachelor’s degree in nursing, we invite you to learn how you can turn your knowledge and experience into a career as an advanced practice nurse.

The RN to M.S. program at the Connell School of Nursing helps you deepen your nursing practice, enhance your leadership skills, and forge new professional pathways to your goals. The RNs who enter this program are leaders in the making; they’re motivated, interested in focusing on a specific patient population, and academically accomplished.

If that sounds like you, welcome.

Meet students in the program: 


We value your experience and we’ll make this program work for you by recognizing your clinical expertise and maximizing credits earned in your previous degree or diploma program. We’ll help you build a full- or part-time curriculum that’s designed to meet your individual needs.
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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 from preceptors takes place at hundreds of clinical agencies 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.
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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. They are dedicated to providing individual attention to each student—attention that makes a lasting difference in the lives and careers of our alumni.
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Schedule »

A hallmark of our graduate programs is flexibility. You can begin the RN-to-M.S. program in September or January, unless you're enrolling in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which starts every fall. You can enroll part time—completing the program in three, four, or five years—or full time, finishing in two years.
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