MSN Graduate Program:

The University of Maine School of Nursing developed its first graduate program in 1992 and the initial group of graduate students received their MSN in May 1994.  For the first years, the MSN program focused on preparing the nurse for the advanced professional role of family nurse practitioner (FNP).   Later, in response to the diverse graduate education needs of Maine nurses, our graduate program expanded to prepare nurses for professional roles such as nurse administrator or other professional roles.  Graduate program faculty are expert practitioners in their field.

The University of Maine Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


  • 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)

Program Learning Outcomes


  • BSN from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable course in Physical 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
  • Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine (by date of admission)

Application Process:

  • Initiate through the Graduate School
  • Application deadline:
    • Fall admissions – All documents must be received by April 1st
    • Spring admissions – All documents must be received by November 1st
  • Pre-admission interview by nursing faculty
  • Current resume required
  • Essay Guidelines

Graduate Handbook

FAQ – Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

FAQ – Nurse Educator Concentration

FAQ – Individualized Concentration