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Graduate Nursing Programs

The University of Rochester School of Nursing has long been a  pioneering force in the science and practice of nursing. We offered our first master’s degree in nursing education in 1951. And in 1972, we were established as an independent school by Dean Loretta Ford — co-developer and pioneer of the nurse practitioner model. Today, our faculty continue to transform nursing education by sharing their expertise and teaching new ways of thinking while applying their skills as clinicians, researchers, and educators.

Loretta Ford, nurse practitioner, in superhero cape

What sets us apart?



We offer multiple ways to advance your practice, become a leader in health care, or a nurse educator.



UR Nursing ranks among the nation’s best master’s nursing programs at No. 22, according to U.S. News and World Report.



Learn from instructors who are active clinicians and nursing leaders in the UR Medicine system with expertise in specialty areas such as pediatrics, aging care, trauma, and cancer.

Nursing at the graduate level

Graduate-level study integrates nursing practice, education, and research. Discover how you can help advance the profession and improve patient care by pursuing new opportunities in a clinical, classroom, or research setting. Whatever your career goals, a degree from the University of Rochester will get you there.

Nurse Practitioner student practicing suturing in the skills lab

Graduate Program Options

Master's Programs

Choose from nine specialties or concentrations to transform your professional career. 

Advanced Certificates

Build upon your expertise and specialize as a nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or clinical nurse leader.

Doctoral Programs

Prepare to tackle health care’s biggest challenges through innovative practice, education, or research.

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Interested in pursuing an education at the University of Rochester School of Nursing? Take the next step by requesting more information, scheduling a visit, or starting your application.

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