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MSN Programs in Massachusetts (MA)

These 10 schools in Massachusetts offer Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs with a variety of specialty areas and formats. Learn more about the required credits, core courses, and tuition costs of these programs.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Massachusetts' Amherst campus offers a 33-credit nursing education track and a 32-credit clinical nurse leader track. The coursework for both concentrations are offered online except for a final practicum in the nursing education curriculum; common courses include pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, and research methods.

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

The University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth offers a 39-credit online MSN program with specializations in nursing and healthcare education and global public health. The curriculum normally takes seven semesters to complete and includes courses in statistical analysis, advanced nursing practice theories, population health, informatics, and healthcare leadership.

Salem State University

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Salem State University features a 45-credit adult-gerontology primary care track, a 39-credit nursing education track, and a 42-credit nursing leadership track. The curricula are offered on a part-time basis and can take 3-3.5 years to finish; common courses include advanced pathophysiology, advanced practice nursing roles, population health,

Worcester State University

Worcester State University's 36-credit master's degree program in nursing provides specializations in nursing educator and community and public health nursing; courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines in-person classes and online learning. Aside from a traditional pathway for students with undergraduate nursing degrees, the program also offers MSN tracks for registered nurses with non-nursing degrees and those with associate degrees or diplomas in nursing.

Simmons University

Simmons University's Master of Science in Nursing program is an on-campus, 48-credit program that can be completed in two years; a similar program is offered online, which can be completed in 19 months full-time or 27 months part-time. The university also offers a three-year, 68-credit MSN pathway program for nurses with associate degrees or nursing diplomas and a three-year direct entry MSN track for students with bachelor's degrees in non-nursing-related disciplines is offered as well.

Regis College

Regis College's graduate program in nursing offers specializations in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner. The nursing leadership specialty area features concentrations in clinical research, health administration, informatics, health policy, and clinical nurse leader. The nurse practitioner pathway provides concentrations in adult-gerontology, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health, women's health, and family health. A 94-credit direct entry MSN program is also offered for students with non-nursing undergraduate degrees.

MGH Institute of Health Professions

The master's program in nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions offers concentrations in adult-gerontology acute care (48 credits), adult-gerontology primary care (51 credits), family health (50 credits), pediatrics (48 credits), women's health (48 credits), psychiatric-mental health (48 credits), and a dual specialization in adult-gerontology and women's health (61 credits); option for full-time or part-time study is available. Students with non-nursing bachelor's degrees can take the direct entry MSN track, which offers the same specializations and requires 91-104 credits.

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College offers a 30-credit Master of Science in Nursing program with specializations in nursing education and nursing administration; full-time students usually take three courses each semester while part-time enrollees have a normal course load of two courses per semester. The curricula for both concentrations includes core courses in nursing research and ethics, information technology, health care policy and economics, diversity and culture, and nursing leadership.

American International College

The Master of Science in Nursing program at American International College features concentrations in nursing administration, nursing educator, and family nurse practitioner. The administration and educator tracks require 36 credits while the FNP track entails 46 credits; the MSN program can be completed in 24 months.

Endicott College

Endicott College's MSN program offers specializations in family nurse practitioner, global health nursing, nursing educator, and nursing administration; the FNP curriculum consists of 45 credits while the three other tracks require 33 credits. Coursework for all specializations are offered in a hybrid format of on-campus classes and online sessions.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Massachusetts Amherst Master of Science in Nursing $13,606 in-state, $28,669 out-of-state
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Master of Science in Nursing $15,912 in-state, $28,716 out-of-state
Salem State University Master of Science in Nursing $2,520 in-state, $4,140 out-of-state
Worcester State University Master of Science in Nursing $3,042
Simmons University Master of Science in Nursing $21,726
Regis College Master of Science in Nursing $41,015
MGH Institute of Health Professions Master of Science in Nursing $52,668
Emmanuel College Master of Science in Nursing $14,319
American International College Master of Science in Nursing $11,320
Endicott College Master of Science in Nursing $12,191

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Master of Science in Nursing programs are available from many schools in Massachusetts, and they are designed to equip students with advanced clinical and leadership skills. Students can specialize in adult care, pediatrics, mental health, nursing education, and administration, among other fields.