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The mission of the Graduate School of Nursing is to prepare practice-focused and research-focused doctorally prepared nurses and leaders to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for the Commonwealth and beyond. Through partnerships with multi-cultural communities and clinical organizations; research, practice, service and education are integrated to advance nursing knowledge, science and competencies to provide exemplary health care for all.

The Goals of the Graduate School of Nursing are to:

The goals of the Graduate School of Nursing are:

  • To transform graduate nursing education.
  • To advance nursing knowledge through scholarship and innovation: research, education, practice/service/community.
  • To develop sustainable academic partnerships with service and community members that will drive nursing scholarship and improve patient outcomes.
  • To promote a culture of human dignity that reflects equality, equity, inclusivity and diversity.
  • To increase the long-term financial stability of all GSN programs.

Accreditation: The Master's Degree in Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, and the Post Graduate Certificate at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The University of Massachusetts (UMass) is made up of the five campuses of the UMass System (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester).  The University of Massachusetts Worcester (UMW), is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country and is home to the School of Medicine (SOM) – the Commonwealth’s only medical school – the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN); and a thriving biomedical research enterprise. The UMW campus is shared with its clinical partner UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) – University Campus and the Memorial Campus in downtown Worcester.  UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) also includes the affiliate hospitals: Wing, Health Alliance, Marlborough and Clinton. 

The Graduate School of Nursing, was established in 1970 under Massachusetts General Laws with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) as the founding school.  The GSN is distinctive as the only publicly funded nursing school in the Commonwealth with a sole focus on graduate nursing education. It is also one of the few nursing schools in New England based at an academic health sciences center, sharing campus resources and facilities with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Medical Center, part of UMass Memorial Health Care. The Graduate School of Nursing offers Master’s degrees, Post Graduate Certificates and Doctoral degrees, preparing registered professional and advanced practice nurses within nurse practitioner, nurse educator tracks and for faculty, research and other nursing leadership positions.

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