Master of Science - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program - Online

Advance your nursing career with the Master of Science program

The Master of Science degree program, offered primarily online, prepares students for roles as nurse leaders in diverse settings.

The Clinical Nurse Leader concentration provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families and groups across the life span. 

The Nursing Education concentration prepares nurses to develop and deliver curriculum to nursing students and to provide patient education in healthcare settings.

Students enrolled in the PhD or DNP program are eligible to apply for the Nursing Science concentration. This flexible program of study, designed to provide competent MS-prepared nurses for generalist roles in nursing, is intended for PhD or DNP candidates who wish to complete the MSNS en route to completing the doctorate or who are unable to complete their full plan of study.

Application Deadline is December 15th each year however; applications will be reviewed until program reaches set capacity. Apply online through the University Graduate School at

Further information may be obtained from: Cynthia Mendoza, CNL Program Office, College of Nursing, 026 Skinner Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-0420, tel. (413) 577-2322 or