Part-Time Study for MSN and PMC Students

The School of Nursing offers the option of part-time study toward the Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) or the Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) in addition to full-time study.


Admission to part-time study is determined by the Specialty Directors and the final number of available spaces is shared with the Admissions Committee. Applications for part-time study are evaluated using the same criteria for full-time admission.


Students are only eligible for part-time study during the specialty years for the MSN degree or the PMC.  Part-time study is not available in Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) Program.

Financial Aid

Part-time students are not eligible for YSN scholarships. However, they are eligible to apply for Federal or Private Loans and private scholarships.

Academic Plan and Length of Time to Complete the Degree 

The part-time plans of study are prepared by the Specialty Directors and available on the School’s website.  Students enrolled in part-time study are only permitted to take one additional elective course per term beyond the prescribed courses on the plan of study for part-time students. Individuals who have waived or challenged courses may still take one additional elective course per term as specified above. It is expected that all students complete their degree course work in less than four years. Part-time students in a master’s specialty program cannot be assigned to a clinical rotation in their current workplace unit.

Policy on non-matriculated auditors and non-matriculated part-time students

Special Considerations

Requests to change student status from full-time to part-time status, or vice versa, should be first discussed with the academic advisor and the Specialty Director.  If approved by the Specialty Director, the student must complete the Change of Status form to successfully process the request. The final decision will be based on a number of factors including the student’s reasoning behind the request and school’s capacity to accommodate the student.

Approved Executive Council, 1/27/2020
Approved BPO, 3/11/20