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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. 

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

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

How to Apply

The UR School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. For this combined program, we seek applicants who clearly understand the specialty role to which they are seeking admission, are motivated and prepared to pursue the rigorous program of study, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and are committed to upholding the values of the school and profession.   

To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. You may receive a follow-up email to schedule a master’s level interview. Because admission to this program is highly competitive, if not offered admission to the combined program you will be offered admission to the RN to BS Online program and may consider application to the master’s program upon completion. We look forward to reviewing your application.

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from your most recent relevant degree
  • RN licensure from New York State
  • Health care experience required for the following specialties:
    • CNL, MNE: one year clinical experience
    • HCM: one year of health care-related experience
    • AGACNP: one year clinical experience in acute care
  • Statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • English language proficiency


  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • Current RN license
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language

For details on how to submit these materials, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system.

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Application Deadlines

Students can enroll and begin the RN to BS to MS Program for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 
  • For fall semester
    The application deadline is the prior April 15.
  • For spring semester
    The application deadline is the prior Sept. 15.
  • For summer semester
    The application deadline is the prior Jan. 15.

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 2021-22 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.

Program Duration

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 two to 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