Massachusetts Master's Degree in Nursing

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MSN Programs in Massachusetts

MSN programs in Massachusetts allow students to build on the education they received in their undergraduate degree and to take their careers to the next level. Graduates of these programs move on to become vital parts of the nursing world. With a master's degree, on can qualify for higher paying, upper level jobs that were not previously available.

There are many MSN programs available in Massachusetts, both online and in a classroom. These programs offer different areas of study that students can choose to specialize in, as well as different timeframes for completion and curricula. It is important to evaluate all aspects of the various options and choose one that is best suited to one's individual goals.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Those who wish to complete an MSN can do so from home, through one of the many online programs available in Massachusetts, or on campus. Online programs offer a flexible schedule that nurses can personalize to fit individual needs. Classes and coursework can be completed 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and there is no travel required. On-campus programs allow students to have face-to-face contact with instructors and other graduate students, creating many networking opportunities.

Northeastern University offers the MSN from the Boston campus, and allows students to complete the MSN in a limited number of specialty areas online. The on-site BSN-MSN program that offers the following specialty areas: Nursing Administration, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Acute or Primary Care), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Acute or Primary Care), Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health. The curriculum for the program ranges from 67-87 credits, depending on the specialty area. There is also a Direct Entry Nursing MSN program that is offered online.

Kaplan University's MSN program allows students to choose from many different areas of study. Those who graduate from this program can have a degree in Executive Leadership, Informatics, Adult NP, Family NP, or Nurse Education. The curriculums range from 65-100 credits, depending on the chosen track.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary by program, but students are often required to have a BSN from an accredited program with a 3.0 or higher GPA, and a valid RN license. Schools often require applicants to submit official transcripts, letters of recommendation, resumes, essays, and other documents.

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in Massachusetts

Endicott College
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02467
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
University of Massachusetts - Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Ave.
Milton, MA 02186
Salem State College
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
Regis College
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493
University of Massachusetts - Worcester
365 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing
365 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Worcester State College
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Massachusetts MSN Degree Prerequisites

Massachusetts nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Massachusetts, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Massachusetts and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Massachusetts RN to MSN programs

Those holding Massachusetts RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Massachusetts MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Massachusetts, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Massachusetts Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Massachusetts grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Massachusetts, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts MSN Degree Resources

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