Master’s Programs

We prepare our master’s students to become compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who are leaders in their fields. Everything we offer—from our curriculum to student support—is grounded in Boston College’s commitment to social justice and an educational philosophy that values the intrinsic worth of every student and every patient.

Connell School graduates are:

  • Critical thinkers, with exceptional clinical judgment
  • Intellectually curious learners who use their knowledge in service to others
  • Ethically driven and thoughtful, inspired by Boston College’s Jesuit ideals
  • Devoted to individualized patient care in complex health care settings

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Application Deadline:

Summer enrollment — December 15 

Note:  GRE is not required for Nursing Generalist applicants


Master's of Science in Nursing

CSON's Master's of Science in Nursing educates students at the secondary degree level, preparing highly skilled registered nurses to take on the most pressing health care challenges. This degree can be completed in as few as 18 months

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Registered Nurse

  • Educates nurse leaders to take on key roles within interdisciplinary teams
  • Can be completed in as few as 18 months
  • Designed for three points of entry: current nurses, bachelor's or associate's prepared
  • Features a curriculum of core courses every nursing leader needs
  • Credits may be applied toward a terminal degree

Direct Entry Master's

The Direct Entry Master's program is for students who have a degree in a field outside of nursing and want to become an RN.

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Direct Entry Master's

  • Our Direct Entry Master's program prepares students who have a degree in a field outside of nursing to become an RN
  • Attend full time

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CSON and Boston College offer multiple opportunities to fund a graduate education. Choose an option that's right for you.


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At The Core of Us

The centerpiece of CSON's Jesuit tradition has always been to educate exceptional nurse leaders who care for others and play a defining role within complex health care systems.

Program Overview

Full-time students, Master's of Science in Nursing (Projected Curriculum)

Year One

 Summer                          Fall Spring

 Adult Health (Theory & Clinical)

 Pedi (Theory & Clinical) 
  Pharm & Nutrition  Psych (Theory & Clinical)  OB (Theory & Clinical) 
  Health & Illness

 Elective (3cr)


Year Two

 Summer                          Fall

 Population Health

  EBP I  Population Health Clinical





 NCLEX/MS degree awarded

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that coursework they have completed satisfies the prerequisite requirements. The graduate program staff will not contact applicants during the admissions process to verify prerequisite coursework.

Direct entry students are required to complete prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program. It is preferred that applicants have at least 4 of the following 5 science prerequisites completed or in process at the time of application: General Chemistry with Lab; Microbiology with Lab; Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab; Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab; Pathophysiology. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation. Students must receive a minimum grade of B- (80) in each of the prerequisite courses. AP credit is NOT accepted as fulfilling prerequisite coursework.

For coursework completed before applying, please submit transcripts as part of your application. For coursework that you plan to complete after applying but before starting the program, please indicate this on the application and submit transcripts following course completion. The prerequisite courses include:

  • Social Science 
    Course may be in the area of sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, or political science.
  • Human Development, Lifespan Development, or Developmental Psychology
    A course that covers the lifespan (infancy to older adulthood) is preferred; child development (infancy through late adolescence) will be accepted. A course that only covers a single phase (e.g., infant development or adolescent development) is not acceptable.
  • Statistics 
    An introductory course is acceptable.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab (Human)
    If taken separately, one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology are acceptable. Must focus exclusively on human anatomy and physiology (not comparative or mammalian). Courses must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • General Chemistry I with Lab
    Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • Microbiology (Biology of Microbes) with Lab
    Course must include lab and must have been taken within five years of application.
  • Pathophysiology*
    Course must have been taken within five years of application. 

*Course waiver may be applied upon admission review for students with a biology or neuroscience degree. 

Benefit from hands-on learning and individual attention during clinical placements with knowledgeable preceptors. Our students work in primary care facilities, hospitals, community agencies, and other settings.

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