ACADEMICS

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Am I eligible to apply?

    All individuals who have a current unrestricted Massachusetts RN license may apply to one of our 3 pathways of entry to our Master of Science in Nursing program or Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education program.

    What pathway of entry is right for me?

    • Are you an RN with a baccalaureate degree in nursing? If so, then you may be eligible for the Traditional Entry.
    • Are you an RN with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree? If so, then you may be eligible for the Bridge Program.
    • Are you an associate-degree or diploma-prepared RN without a baccalaureate degree? If so, then you may be eligible for the RN-to-MS Fast Track.
    • Are you an RN who holds a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, or are matriculated in a doctoral program? If so, then you may be eligible for our post-master's certificate programs.

    Do I need to take the GREs?

    No, you do not need to take the GREs.

    How many credits will I need and how long will it take to complete the program?

    Both specialty concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing program require the completion of 36 credits and typically take 2½ years to complete. The post-master's certificate programs require the completion of 12 credits.

    How much will the program cost?

    Please visit the Graduate Costs page for tuition and fee information.

    Is financial aid or scholarship aid available?

    Yes, financial aid in the form of student loans and scholarships are available to graduate students.

    Can I work full-time and take courses?

    Yes, the programs are delivered in the blended learning format, allowing students to work full-time while taking classes.

    What do you mean by blended format?

    Blended learning combines the best of face-to-face and online learning. Classes alternate between in-class and online sessions. This significantly reduces the amount of time students spend on the WSU campus.

    How many days a week am I on campus?

    The typical course meets face-to-face once every other week with online-learning activities on the opposite week.

    Can I transfer any of my course credits from other schools?

    If you are applying to the Master of Science in Nursing program, a maximum of 12 graduate credits that meet the requirements of the WSU Graduate School transfer policy may be accepted for transfer. Only credits for which students have earned a grade of B- or higher are transferable from an accredited institution, including credits earned at Worcester State University. Acceptance of transfer credits is the responsibility of the Master of Science in Nursing program coordinator in conjunction with the Graduate Education Council.

    The post-master's certificate programs do not accept transfer credits.

    How do I apply?

    All applications can be completed online via worcester.edu/apply. Visit the Graduate School Admissions page for more information about the admission process.

    How can I get more information?

    You can visit any of the links listed above or contact a program coordinator:

    Dr. Stephanie Chalupka
    Community and Public Health Programs Coordinator
    schalupka@worcester.edu

    Dr. Melissa Duprey
    Nurse Educator Programs Coordinator
    mduprey1@worcester.edu