Graduate Programs

MS in Nursing

Why come to the Mount for a master's degree in nursing?

  • Our established reputation for nursing excellence
  • Our highly-qualified faculty are successful and experienced
  • You can start your degree in any session (fall, summer, spring)
  • Early evening classes that meet one evening per week
  • Blended online courses offer greater flexibility
  • Complete your master's as a part- or full-time student in 2.5 - 3.5 years

The Mount's School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing in two nurse practitioner programs: the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). All students take an advanced practice nursing core of 15 credits.

  1. Students in the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track take 27 credits in their major, including 500-600 hours of precepted clinical practice.
  2. Students in the Family Nursing Practitioner track take 30 credits in this major, including 600-700 hours of precepted clinical practice.

You can view the Admissions requirements and procedures here.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, the college awards the master's degree in Adult-Gerontology or Family health. Completing the program allows graduates to sit for national certification exams in adult or family health.

Mount alumni: Ask about our 25% reduction in tuition costs for Mount grads.

Degree Completion

Based on the most recent data, 90% of students typically complete the MS in Nursing program within four years of entrance. Responses to a survey administered six months after graduation reported that 100% of the respondents who received a master's degree in nursing were employed full time.

When you earn your MS in Nursing, you'll be ready for a career in practice, teaching, research, or doctoral study. You will also be much in demand, as the need for nurse practitioners is at an all-time high, and is expected to continue for many years to come.

The Mount's School of Nursing programs have achieved accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). As a voluntary, self‑regulatory process, CCNE accreditation encourages continuing self‑assessment by nursing programs. CCNE supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate at Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Post-master's nurse practitioner certificate programs

The Mount now offers a post-master's certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ANP), designed for registered nurses holding a master's degree in nursing.

For more information on admissions, degree requirements, applications, and courses, please contact us by phone at 845-569-3225, or by email at

Gainful Employment Programs

The Mount has a post-master's degree certificate in two nursing programs that qualifies for the new Federal Gainful Employment regulations. The CIP code is 511.699. The date that the last cohort completed was May 2010; in which we had two students start the program, and one complete. This equates to a 50% rate of completion. Our data indicates that both students went on to working in the Nursing profession, equalling a 100% placement rate.

Records show that neither students borrowed private alternative loans for their tuition. Neither student borrowed any funds through the Mount's Monthly Payment Plan or MPP; their known amount of indebtedness is zero. The Nursing Certificate program does not qualify for Federal Title IV funding.

The expected cost of the program for one year (part-time studies, 6 credit hours each for fall/spring) will be $9,080 for part-time tuition + fees, plus an additional $500. estimated cost for books. This brings the estimated cost for this program to $9,580 for one year of part-time study. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services for costs of full-time study.