RN-to-MS Program

Semester Begin Dates

  • Fall Semester – late August
  • Spring Semester – early January

Registered nurses may elect to enter an RN-to-MS fast track program. This allows completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degree in three years of full-time study, which will likely require summer courses.


Admission to the RN-MS program is suspended at this time. A curriculum revision is ongoing and further information about this program will be available in March 2014.

Nurses in our RN-MS program will take some graduate level courses at undergraduate tuition rates. The RN-to-MS program is ideal for associate degree holders with extra college credits, as 12 additional undergraduate credits may be accepted at the time of admission. Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits at SUNY Upstate.

RN to MS — Curriculum


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)