Admission Requirements

Note: Applications are accepted only for enrollment in the fall semester every year. The following admission and degree requirements will be effective for MSN students:

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited college or university whose nursing program is nationally accredited and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Applicants are required to possess an overall undergraduate quality point average (QPA) or at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a minimum of a 3.25 QPA 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 must have completed an undergraduate, introductory course in statistics with a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must have a personal interview with the Nursing Chairperson or Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from nurses with an MSN who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a master’s program, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.

Courses Before Admission and Transfer Credit
Transfer coursework is not accepted for the MSN program.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

This program consists of ten (10) course credits or 40 semester hours. Students take a Common Core of six (6) courses, and then four (4) concentration courses. A thesis, an evidence-based research project/paper, will be completed as part of the requirements for the Common Core courses.

Effective as of the 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Hemenway Hall

Learning Outcomes

The MSN Program will prepare graduates who will be able to:

  • Analyze current trends in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment in order to fulfill the role of nurse educator and nurse leader.

  • Evaluate nursing research findings to provide evidence-based guidelines to identify and solve practice and systems problems.

  • Integrate social, ethical, cultural, and interpersonal competencies in the delivery of individualized and comprehensive nursing care at the three levels of preventive health care: primary, secondary, and tertiary.

  • Apply nursing informatics and technology to enhance evidence-based nursing practice.

  • Examine the role of the nurse leader and nurse educator as it relates to policy and politics in the workplace, organizations, government, community, and healthcare delivery and finance.

  • Role model leadership and education skills through communication, collaboration, and change processes for interdisciplinary team members.

Meet Your Faculty

Adam Munroe

Adam Munroe

Visiting Lecturer, Nursing
Photo of Ellen Rearick

Ellen Rearick, Ph.D., RN, CCM

Associate Professor, Chair, Nursing
Lisa Thomas

Lisa Jean Thomas, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor, MSN Coordinator / Department of Nursing, Nursing

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