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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.


 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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Contact Information

School of Nursing
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5724
Phone: (207) 581-2592 | Fax: (207) 581-2585E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System