Tuition per credit hour
Out-of-state: $1,250. New England residents may qualify for tuition break. See details and other costs
Over 150 graduate assistantships available with stipend & tuition assistance, plus scholarship & fellowship opportunities. Explore aid
No application fee. No GRE required. Apply by April 1 for fall term, November 1 for spring term. View application process & deadlines
Our Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares an advanced practice nurse to function as a primary care practitioner. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines.
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and/or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Our graduates routinely pass above the national average on certification exams.
Master’s students gain skills in clinical decision-making and differential diagnosis; case management and consultation; client/patient teaching; assessments and interventions; and program design, implementation, and evaluation.
Clinical placement varies by your area of academic concentration. Specialty areas include family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, women’s health, pulmonology, dermatology, orthopedics, and pediatrics, to name a few.
We offer robust learning environments. Expand upon your clinical skill set, using both traditional and state-of-the-art technology in our simulation labs.
This program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Our faculty are active in research and policy issues at the state and national level, are board members of state and national nursing associations, and frequently publish in leading nursing journals.
Graduate student support
Our Office of Graduate Studies connects you with opportunities for professional development, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. They also foster our graduate student community through Peer Mentorship and the Graduate Student Board.
Scholarships offer financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. We encourage students in graduate degree programs to apply for scholarship opportunities.
Do you live in New England?
You may be eligible for a special reduced tuition rate, as part of the New England Regional Student Program (RSP).
Connect with us
Our monthly Graduate Information Sessions are an excellent way to learn more about the benefits of our program, as well as our admissions and financial process.
Admission information: MS in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner
|Application deadline||Fall term start||Spring term start|
|Final||April 1||November 1|
|Admissions Pathway: Early consideration for BS in Nursing — Traditional Program students*||November 1||Not available|
|Admissions Pathway: BS in Nursing — Traditional Program & Accelerated Program students**||April 1||Not available|
* Must be a current student in the University of Southern Maine BS in Nursing — Traditional Program.
** Must be a current student in the University of Southern Maine BS in Nursing — Traditional Program or Nursing — Accelerated Program.