Four Masters in Nursing Program Tracks

Russell Sage’s M.S. in Nursing offers the ultimate flexibility for your career goals with four NP tracks:

  • Reduced tuition: We offer a 10% tuition discount for health care partners who join the Workforce Development Partnership. Due to our multi-pronged partnership with Albany Med Health System to address a critical workforce need, Albany Medical Center employees receive a 30% tuition discount on this program.
  • Online coursework: Our program is almost entirely online, with five visits to campus for an advanced health assessment course, and in-person clinicals that can be arranged at a location convenient to you thanks to our vast clinical partnerships.
  • Experiences that Matter: Our clinical placements with nationally certified practitioners provide more in-depth clinical exposure to the advanced role of the nurse practitioner. And our program enhances your research skills, which will open up opportunities to present at professional conferences and integrate research in your evidence-based clinical practice.
  • Opportunities for service: Our nurse practitioner students participate in service activities organized by the Nursing department, like a recent trip to provide health care in the Dominican Republic and conducting physicals locally for the homeless population.
  • Nursing on another level: Our faculty, who include nationally certified, doctorally prepared Nurse Practitioners and researchers, focus on the key concepts of clinical judgment; communication; compassionate care; diversity, equity, and inclusion; ethics; evidence-based practice; health policy; and social determinants of health.
  • Name recognition: You will graduate with a Russell Sage degree, which is meaningful given our 100-year history in nursing and health care education.

Already a Nurse Practitioner? looking to expand your scope of practice?

We also offer a post-master’s certificate program for NPs who want another certification (For example, a FNP might return for a Psych NP certificate). We offer post-master’s certificates in these four areas:

Are you an RN with an associate degree in nursing but a bachelor’s in another field?

We offer a bridge program for students like you that allows you direct entry to our nursing master’s program.

Course Requirements

Credits and Completion

Our master’s in Nursing programs range from 42 to 48 credits and can be completed full time in approximately two years, or part time. Post-master’s certificates are determined based on previous graduate coursework and can also be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Graduate Nursing Program Objectives

The Nursing department strives to provide graduate Nursing programs in an environment that emphasizes the development of individuals as professional nurses with a vision of their own power and a clear sense of self and their professional role.


The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Master’s degree program in nursing/and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Russell Sage College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Visit CCNE Accreditation.

All nursing programs are registered with the New York State Education Department.

Easily Apply

Apply by November 1 or March 1 and start in the spring or fall semesters.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be an RN with an unencumbered license in New York state
  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • A one- to two-page career goals essay
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (from a nurse manager, another nurse practitioner, or a former professor)
  • A current resume
  • Meet RSC’s graduate admission requirements.
Jody Scardillo

“Health care is demanding and busy and … our Master’s in Nursing graduates are finding positions that they are happy about.”

Jody Scardillo, DNP RN ANP-BC CWOCN (Assistant Professor of Practice and Graduate Program Director)

Your Future Career with a Master’s in Nursing

Alumni of our graduate Nursing programs have career opportunities as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse executive-administrators and clinical nurse specialists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Nurse Practitioners.


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“Russell Sage College is a great choice for any student coming in to go towards Nursing”

Kristina Marie Villajuan, RN/Nurse Educator & Russell Sage College Alumna
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