Master's in Nursing Online
Advance your career as a nurse practitioner with UMass Lowell's affordable Master's in Nursing online. Offered by the Solomont School of Nursing, the online Master's in Nursing offers two tracks for students to choose from: the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track or the Family Health Nurse Practitioner track. In addition to yielding one of the highest returns on investment, graduates of our Master's in Nursing program have a 100% pass rate for the national certification as a nurse practitioner with AANP or ANCC.
Additional benefits for students in UMass Lowell's online program include assistance with finding a clinical placement, small class sizes and professors who are doctors and experts in their fields. Upon program completion, you will be prepared to practice in advanced nursing roles, effectively demonstrate professional leadership and provide health care to diverse populations.
"Overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 40 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations."
The objectives of the Master's in Nursing online curriculum focus on the following:
- Health promotion of individuals, families and groups from diverse populations
- Management of health problems in collaboration with clients, families, and health professionals
- Leadership in the profession
- Research utilization for evidence-based practice
Online Program + 4 On-Campus Days
Built into the online Master's Degree in Nursing are four days of on-campus learning activities that allow you to interact face-to-face with peers and faculty in UMass Lowell's state-of-the-art nursing facility. You will conduct lab work and simulated clinical exams of mock patients to prepare you for the real world. These four on-campus days are integrated into the curriculum as part of the following courses: NURS.6510 (two 4-hour on-campus sessions), NURS.6511 (one 4-hour on-campus session) and NURS.6512 (one 4-hour on-campus session).
One Success Leads to Another
A Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) is required to advance to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at UMass Lowell. An M.S. will prepare you for advanced patient care and administrative roles, while a DNP, a terminal degree, will prepare you for additional leadership roles and clinical expertise.
- Total Courses Required: 15 (42 Credits)
Required Courses (14 Courses / 39cr)
- HSCI.5510 Clinical Pathophysiology (3cr) - Available Summer 2023!
- NURS.5590 Advanced Pharmacology (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
- NURS.5530 Scholarly Writing (2cr)
- NURS.6510 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning * (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
- NURS.6000 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3cr)
- NURS.6520 APRN Care of Adults (3cr)
- NURS.6511 APRN Practicum 1** (3cr)
- NURS.5520 Social, Cultural and Policy Issues in Health Care (3cr)
- NURS.6522 APRN Women's Health Across the Lifespan (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
- NURS.6512 APRN Practicum II ** (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
- NURS.6524 APRN Role Transition (1cr)
- NURS.6513 APRN Practicum III (3cr)
- NURS.6010 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3cr)
- NURS.xxxx Elective (3cr)
Choose a Specialty Track (1 Course / 3cr)
Students can specialize in a particular area by selecting one of two tracks listed below:
Family Health Nurse Practitioner Track
- NURS.6521 APRN Care of Children and Adolescents (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
- NURS.6523 APRN Care of Older Adults (3cr) - Available Fall 2023!
**Course includes one 4-hour, on-campus learning activity
Grad Cert or MS in Nursing
NURS.6000 Pre-req or Co-
HSCI.5500 pre or co-req
NURS.6520 APRN Care of Adults, and Matriculation in the MS in Nursing Program.
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Summer 2023 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.†||$495||$1,485|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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- A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an accredited program
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or better
- An introductory course in statistics, with a grade of "B" or better
- Nursing license. A copy of your current registered nursing license from the state where you practice must be included with application materials
- Computer literacy
- No GRE required
At this time, this program accepts students from the New England states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. UMass Lowell cannot confirm whether this program meets the educational, licensing, or certification requirements for states outside of New England. We recommend that you contact your home state's licensing agency to identify and determine licensing and certification requirements in your state.
We are actively working on expanding program access to residents of other states and will update this website as soon as information becomes available.
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- Official test scores, when applicable. GMAT/GRE waivers available (see waiver form for details).
- Resume Required for certain programs such as the Master's in Business Administration and the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!