Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can apply?
Applicants must have a current unrestricted Massachusetts RN license and must have earned a baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited college or university which is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and/or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Please see Admission Requirements.

Is the GRE required?
No. However, applicants are required to possess an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in undergraduate nursing courses.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria for undergraduate QPA may be asked to take the Miller Analogies Test. Applicants will be considered who score in the 50th percentile or greater on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

What else is required for admission?
Applicants must have completed a statistics course with a minimum grade of C prior to admission to the program. All applicants will have a personal interview with the Coordinator of the MSN program or the Nursing Department Chair.

How long is the program?
Option 1 Students complete the MSN core and concentration courses in 21 months, taking two courses per semester, including two courses in the summer semester. Students are part of a cohort, taking all courses with the same group of students throughout the program.

Option 2 Students complete the MSN core and concentration courses in 45 months, taking one course per semester, including one course in each of the first and second summer semesters.

How many courses and credits are in the FSU MSN?
The MSN curriculum consists of 10 four-credit courses for a total of 40 credits. All students take the six core courses and four specialty courses in either leadership or education.

How often will I have classes?
Option 1 Although students take two courses every semester, students are only on campus one night per week from 5-9pm. Students will also have online assignments each week.

Option 2 Students take one course per semester and are on campus one night every other week, with the exception of the summer courses when students will be on campus every week. Students will have online assignments when not on campus.

Can I work full time and be successful in the program?
The majority of the MSN students are working full time, but many have made changes in their lives to accommodate course requirements. While the part-time program is rigorous, the hybrid/blended model allows students more flexibility in time schedules to be successful.

Will I feel out of place in the program?
Students in the program range in age from 23-65 years. Students work in all areas of nursing with 1-40 years of nursing experience. The number of men in the program has been increasing each year. Many students have been out of school for a significant number of years.

What is Blended learning/Hybrid Classes?
All courses are offered in hybrid/blended learning format, combining online with traditional on campus classroom experiences.

Can I take courses before starting the program?
All 10 courses are taken after matriculating into the program. All students are highly encouraged to take the one-credit NURS 701 Writing and Information Literacy course prior to entering the program. In NURS 701, emphasis is put on best writing practices, APA format guidelines, and accessing references to support evidence-based nursing practices.

Do students have access to simulation labs?
Yes. We have a simulation lab with six manikins, including medium and high fidelity human patient simulators. We incorporate simulation throughout the program and have an open lab which is accessible to all nursing students.

What is the cost of the program?
Cost of entire program for 10 four-credit courses including tuition and fees is $13,620.00
Price per 4-credit course $1362
Price per credit $340.50
For breakdown of cost please see: Tuition and Fees.
Additional expenses can be expected for textbooks.

Do you accept transfer credits from other schools of nursing?
The MSN program does not usually accept any courses for transfer credit.

Is financial aid available?
To be eligible for financial aid, you must be matriculated in a degree program and enrolled in at least two courses per semester. For more information visit the Framingham State University Financial Aid Office or call 508-626-4534.

When do you accept applications?
Applications are accepted for admission yearly in September in both education track and leadership track. The application deadline is July 1, but applications are reviewed when completed and students are accepted on a rolling admission. Cohorts may be filled prior to July 1 so applicants are encouraged to submit all documentations early.

How many students are accepted into the program?
Currently, two cohorts are accepted in September each year. Twenty-five students are accepted for nursing education and 25 students are accepted for nursing leadership. 

How do I apply?
Visit Graduate Admissions Information or fill out the online application and submit all required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

What transcripts should I submit?
Please submit official transcripts for all undergraduate courses and programs. Failure to submit all transcripts will delay consideration of your application.

If you have any further questions regarding the MSN program please contact the Coordinator and Advisor:
Dr. Cynthia Bechtel, Coordinator MSN Program
Phone: 508-626-4997