BSN / MS Nursing Program

School of Nursing

If you are a diploma- or associate-degree registered nurse, this program offers a pathway to earning a joint degree which combines the baccalaureate and master degrees in two years on a full-time basis or up to five years on a part-time basis.


The RN to BSN-MSN program applications will be suspended for Spring 2015 admissions as the program undergoes revision.


The curriculum encompasses graduate courses in one of the areas of specialization, the core and foundation courses, and specified courses that address topics such as pathophysiology, cultural diversity, nursing informatics, and public health nursing. The program consists of 67 to 86 semester hours, depending on specialization. This includes course work and clinical practice.

At the conclusion of the program, a BSN/MS degree is awarded.

Additional Courses for BSN/MS Option

  • NRSG 5100 Professional Development and Scientific Basis 4
  • NRSG 5101 Computer and Nursing Informatics 3
  • NRSG 5102 Public Health Nursing 4
  • NRSG 5103 Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice 3
  • Qualifying elective courses (see advisor for details) 10

Curriculum subject to change

Admissions Requirements

  • A current RN license in Massachusetts (or apply for interstate endorsement)
  • An NLNAC-approved associate degree or diploma
  • At least one year of recent clinical practice
  • A statistics course that includes hypothesis testing and probability theory
  • An on-campus interview with the BSN/MS and specialization coordinators (We will contact you to arrange this interview.)
  • A completed application that includes a goal statement, three letters of recommendation, and official educational transcripts indicating a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.000 (B)
  • A current resume

Experiential Learning

Because of Northeastern’s long experience and superb reputation in practice-oriented education, we are able to draw on a large array of affiliations, alumni, and professional connections to help place you in a health care setting that will enable you to reach your professional goals in whatever area of specialization you choose.

Practicum opportunities are available across all sectors of the health care system, including private, public, and nonprofit institutions and community programs. Some include:

  • Partner’s Integrated Delivery Systems
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Care Group
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Neighborhood Health Centers in Boston & Cambridge
  • Long-term care, hospice, and rehabilitation centers

  • Children’s Hospital
  • Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center
  • Cambridge Hospital
  • Cambridge School System
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Statewide Community Mental Health Programs

Apply to the BSN/MS Program.