Program Overview

Graduate Degree Options

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) role
Nurse Educator
Individualized Master of Science in Nursing (I-MSN) for the

  • 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)
  • 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 the Graduate School website for information regarding admission procedures, financial aid 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 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 website and complete the online nondegree application form.

Updated April 2011