MS—Admission Requirements

Prerequisites Required of all Students Entering the MS Program

  • Basic Health Assessment (NURS 310 or 300 level or higher course) and Basic Statistics (3 credits each). If either of these courses was taken more than five years ago, an advisor will discuss the possi­bility of taking a refresher course to update your skills. It is up to you to determine whether you feel competent to enroll in advanced courses that require an under­standing of basic concepts in these areas.

BS-to-MS Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0. A higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for admission
  • Current New York state RN license
  • Current CPR certification
  • No RN work experience required
  • No GREs required

RN-to-MS Admissions Requirements

  • RN-to-MS applicants must be graduat­ed from an associate’s or diploma program and have an RN or be eligible for licensure.
  • A minimum of 60 semester hours from a basic nursing program including:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II 6-8 credits
    • Microbiology 3-4 credits
    • English (including Composition) 6 credits
    • Social Science (including one Psychology) 6 credits
    • Liberal Arts Sciences 6-9 credits
    • Nursing 30 credits
  • An additional 12 credits in Arts & Sciences is recommended prior to matriculation.
  • Grades of “C­“ or higher and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. A higher GPA may be necessary to be competitive for admission.

Bachelor’s in another field RN-to-MS Requirements

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in another field must complete the following bachelor degree level courses or Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) External link to fulfill undergraduate nursing pre­requisites:

  • Basic Health Assessment: NURS 310 or 300 level or higher course
  • Basic Statistics
  • Management in Nursing: NURS 415, ECE 543, or equivalent
  • Research: NURS 481, ECE 537, or equivalent
  • Community Focused Nursing: NURS 444, ECE 546, or euivalent
Application Period
MS Program, Fall 2015
October 15, 2014 –
February 1, 2015

NOTE: There are exceptions to these dates for RNs with a bachelors in another field and for the North Country program. Please see specific application periods for those programs on their respective pages.

Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Joyce Scarpinato, DNP,PNP-BC,FNP-C
Director of Master's Program
Ibrahim Thabet

After becoming an RN with an associate’s degree, Ibrahim Thabet said, “I felt that my journey was not complete. I decided to continue my education at Upstate Medical University because of the school's rich tradition of prestige.

I could not have imagined an easier transition.” Ibrahim achieved his goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Nursing.

—Ibrahim Thabet, FNP (2010)