Part-Time Study

On September 28, 1982, the Executive Committee of the School of Nursing voted to approve the offering of part-time study toward the M.S.N. degree in addition to full-time study.


Part-time study means pursuit of a prescribed schedule of course work toward the degree. The part-time plan of study is developed by the faculty of the specialty.

Financial Aid

Part-time students are not eligible for YSN scholarships. However, Federal or Private Loans and private scholarships may be applied for in the usual manner.


Admission to part-time study for the degree is determined by the Admissions Committee using the regular criteria for admissions. The Admissions Committee is instructed in the number of part-time students who can be accommodated by the Specialty Coordinators.

Length of Time to Complete the Degree 

The part-time plans of study are prescribed by the specialties, it is expected that all students will complete the course work less than four years. Students who may require extensions of time will follow existing policies (e.g., leave of absence).

Special Considerations

Special circumstances may indicate a need for change in full time or part time status. Requests for consideration of converting from full time to part time, or part time to full time should be first discussed with the Specialty Coordinator and Division Chair and in consultation with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The decision will be based on consideration of the student’s need and school capacity to accommodate the request.

Part-time students in a master’s specialty program cannot be assigned to a clinical rotation in their current workplace unit.

Students enrolled in part-time study may not elect more than one course per term in addition to the courses (including elective hours) specified for the given term.

Any course which is waived or challenged for credit may be replaced by an elective of equal or less credit. Individuals who have waived or challenged courses may still take one additional elective per term as specified above. (Voted by Executive Committee, 9/26/83.)

Part-time study is not available in the first year of the three-year Graduate Entry Pre-specialization in Nursing.

See separate policy (#17) on non-matriculated auditors and non-matriculated part-time students.

Approved Exec. Comm. 9/28/82
Revised Exec. Comm. 2/22/94
Approved Executive Council, 5/21/2014