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Graduate Programs - Program Overview

The University of Maine School of Nursing
Graduate Program Overview

Graduate Degree Options

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role or the
Individualized Master of Science in Nursing (I-MSN) for the
     Nurse Educator
     Nurse Administrator
     Other advanced nursing role  

Degree Completion Options

* Full‑time study for 2 years leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
 Part‑time study for 3 or 4 years, leading to the MSN
* Students already possessing the MSN may elect to obtain a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)
* Credit requirements vary from 35 to 50, dependent upon the program option selected.  Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification examinations.


  • BSN from a CCNE accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable undergraduate course in Health Assessment; minimum grade of B
  • College level statistics course; minimum grade of B
  • College level research methods course; minimum grade of B
  • Experience as a Registered Nurse, minimum of 2 years is strongly preferred (RN experience can be obtained while completing core graduate courses)
  • Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine (by date of admission)
  • Completion of either GRE or MAT within past 5 years; satisfactory score (not required with prior MSN)
  • Preadmission interview by nursing faculty

 Application Process

            Contact  The Graduate School, 5755 Stodder Hall, Room 42, University of Maine, Orono, 04469 (207- 581‑3219) or go to Web site at for information regarding admission procedures, financial aid, MAT/GRE examinations and graduate school policies & procedures.


            Most course offerings are on the Orono campus although distance education technologies are expanding. A list of courses with course descriptions, credits, prerequisites, online capability and faculty is available on the Graduate School web site:

A schedule of graduate nursing courses is available on the School of Nursing Website:

Clinical Sites

Clinical sites are located in many areas throughout the state. Preceptors who are MSN prepared and certified are preferred for I-MSN students. FNP students may be precepted by MSN prepared nurse practitioners, physician assistants or physicians.

 Nondegree Graduate Students

Prospective applicants may wish to take nonclinical courses (up to 6 credits, with permission) as a way of determining aptitude and interest in the graduate program. Please visit our website: for information and contact the School of Nursing at (207) 581‑2505 for permission. To register, contact The Graduate School web site: and complete the online nondegree application form.

Updated April 2011

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