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Registered nurses seeking career advancement often find that a master of science in nursing (MSN) program is the perfect fit. Offering a wide array of specialties, MSN programs provide students with extensive knowledge and specialized skills in their field, promising a very favorable career outlook.

An overview of MSN programs
MSN programs prepare nurses for specialized career paths. As a result, MSN graduates – often called advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – assume varied roles including nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant. Nurses with an MSN degree are qualified to handle a wide range of health problems, either in consultation with a physician or independently, and they generally enjoy a significant degree of autonomy. MSN programs also provide entry-level degrees for nurse educators and managers, and in some cases serve as a prerequisite for doctorate-level nursing education.

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Career prospects for nurses with an MSN degree
As the US nursing shortage persists, the career outlook for MSN-trained nurses remains positive. Beyond preparation for an advanced practice role, MSN degrees also enable nurses to pursue administrative positions like clinical nurse leader and health policy expert. The typical advanced practice nurse in Massachusetts earns approximately $100,000 per year, with professional nurse anesthetists earning up to $170,000 annually, more than any other nursing profession.

Top MSN programs in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is home to several highly regarded MSN programs, including MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northeastern University, and University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester. All of these programs offer the opportunity for nurses to hone their critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, assessment, and decision-making skills on the way to becoming healthcare leaders.

You can launch your MSN training today at one of the Massachusetts nursing schools listed below.

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Boston metro area

Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue | Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue | Milton, Massachusetts 02186
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Emmanuel College
400 Fenway | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Endicott College
376 Hale Street | Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
  • Fifth Year Master of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Global Health Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
Framingham State University
100 State Street | Framingham, Massachusetts 01701
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
MCPHS University
179 Longwood Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02129
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Regis College
235 Wellesley Street | Weston, Massachusetts 02493
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street | Salem, Massachusetts 01970
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Simmons University
300 The Fenway | Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard | Boston, Massachusetts 02125
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Lowell
One University Avenue | Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
Boston College 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Curry College 1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, Massachusetts 02186
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Emmanuel College 400 Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Endicott College 376 Hale Street
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
  • Fifth Year Master of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Global Health Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Educator
Framingham State University 100 State Street
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
MCPHS University 179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
MGH Institute of Health Professions 36 First Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02129
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Regis College 235 Wellesley Street
Weston, Massachusetts 02493
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Salem State University 352 Lafayette Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Simmons University 300 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Boston 100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Lowell One University Avenue
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Springfield

American International College
1000 State Street | Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Our Lady of the Elms
291 Springfield Street | Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Amherst
181 Presidents Drive | Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
American International College 1000 State Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of Our Lady of the Elms 291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Massachusetts Amherst 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Worcester

Becker College
61 Sever Street | Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Fitchburg State University
160 Pearl Street | Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
  • Master of Science in Nursing
MCPHS University - Worcester
19 Foster Street | Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North | Worcester, Massachusetts 01655
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street | Worcester, Massachusetts 01602
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Address Programs offered
Becker College 61 Sever Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Fitchburg State University 160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
  • Master of Science in Nursing
MCPHS University - Worcester 19 Foster Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
University of Massachusetts Medical School 55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Worcester State University 486 Chandler Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01602
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other Massachusetts cities

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road | North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
  • Master of Science in Nursing
School Address Programs offered
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
  • Master of Science in Nursing