MSN Graduate Program:

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 in nursing education, healthcare leadership & management, gerontology, public health or other professional tracks. Our 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)
  • Options for Graduate Certificates available; students who wish to continue for a Master’s degree in nursing must apply separately to the School of Nursing MSN program.  Certificate courses may be transferable to a MSN program of study.

Program Learning Outcomes


  • A BSN is required from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A Physical Assessment course with at least a B
  • A College level statistics course with at least a B
  • A College level research methods course with at least a B
  • Experience as a Registered Nurse
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) programs. Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine (by date of admission)
  • Nurse Educator, Individualized (I-MSN) and the Graduate Certificate programs. Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine or multi-state compact license (by date of admission)
  • A Pre-admission meeting with nursing faculty to discuss goals and program of study

Graduate Handbook

FAQ – Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

FAQ – Nurse Educator Concentration

FAQ – Individualized Concentration

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.