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RN to BS to MS Program

Why Choose the RN to BS to MS Program?

As a registered nurse, one of the best ways to broaden your skills and ensure a long and rewarding career is to invest in your education. Industry expectations are changing, and more hospitals and health care organizations recommend an advanced degree in nursing. The RN to BS to MS program offers a flexible, accelerated path allowing you to earn a master’s degree from the region’s largest and most trusted health care system. 

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is the ideal place to complete your master’s degree. We provide amazing student support and direction to help balance your full work and class schedule. A blend of online and evening in-class sessions provides the convenience of working at your own pace to earn your bachelor’s degree along with a personal touch that other schools don’t offer.

Our faculty are highly experienced clinicians and researchers, and classwork is focused on real-world applications of industry-leading best practices. Complete all of your clinical experience right here in the University of Rochester Medical Center or in the region.

The RN to BS to MS program is designed for academically strong, experienced nurses who want to enhance their skills and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system. Save up to 20 credits in the bachelor's portion of the program.

Choose from the following master's degree programs, including:

Take the next step in your career and become a UR Nurse!

How to Apply

Review the eligibility and application requirements for the RN to BS to MS program before starting your online application

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • an associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • RN licensure within the United States or U.S. territory
  • clinical experience for the following nurse practitioner specialties:
    • AGPCNP, FNP, PNP, and FPMHNP programs: one year clinical experience is preferred
    • AGACNP program: one year full–time (or equivalent) RN experience in acute care prior to clinical enrollment
    • PNP/NNP program: two years NICU experience in the last five years 
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association)
  • statistics course with a grade of C or above. (For those who do not currently meet the requirement, we offer an online, self-paced statistics course which can be completed in as little as four weeks)

(Students without clinical experience are also eligible to apply and should discuss their options with our Admissions Office.)

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • current RN license
  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • two letters of reference (one from master’s-prepared nurse and/or nursing supervisor)
  • professional goal statement
  • resume or CV
  • writing sample (academic paper, clinical document, or publication)
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)

There are no required standardized test scores, but you have the option to submit your GRE scores to be considered for admission.

Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll and begin the RN to BS to MS Program in September, January or May. We encourage applicants to submit their applications well before the deadline and then supplemental documents can be sent.
  • For a September start date
    The application deadline is the prior April 1.* Notification to applicant by July to August.
  • For a January start date
    The application deadline is the prior Sept. 1.* Notification to applicant by October to November.
  • For a May start date
    The application deadline is the prior Jan. 2.* Notification to applicant by March to April.
  • *Applications for the RN to BS to MNE program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Program Costs

Tuition for the RN to BS to MS program is charged per credit hour and varies between the RN to BS portion and master's portion of the program. Tuition for the 2018-19 academic calendar year is:


  • $1,200
    per credit hour


    Full tuition rate for the RN to BS program.
  • $600
    per credit hour


    for nurses who live or work in the 18-county Western NY region who will receive the 50% Finger Lakes Regional Scholarship for the RN to BS portion of the program.
  • $540
    per credit hour


    for associate or diploma-prepared nurses who work at a University of Rochester affiliate organization and who will receive the 55% Affiliate Professional Development Grant for the RN to BS portion of the program.
  • $0
    per credit hour


    for University of Rochester employees who are eligible for the School of Nursing Tuition Grant. for the RN to BS portion of the program.

Program Duration

The RN to BS to MS Program saves a maximum of 20 undergraduate credits over the course of the part-time program.

Students earn a bachelor's degree upon completion of 32 nursing credits in as little as 16 months (assuming arts and sciences credit requirements have been met) and a master's degree part time in as little as three years. Actual program length depends on course load.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for nurse practitioners in 2016 was:
  • $107,460
    per year

What You Can Do with a Master's in Nursing Degree

With a master’s degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll enjoy an exciting variety of career options across a broad selection of health care organizations, including:

Private Practices
Public Health Agencies
Primary Care Clinics
Home Health Care
Outpatient Surgi-Centers
Health Maintenance Organizations
Nursing School-Operated Nursing Centers
Insurance and Managed-Care Companies
Nursing Homes
Mental Health Agencies
The Military