Nursing (MS)

Why Earn an MS in Nursing?

As a registered nurse, you've already built a foundation for a long, fulfilling career in healthcare. A master's degree can open doors to nursing careers in education, family health, and women's health.

Why Earn an MS in Nursing from SUNY Downstate?

Every community—urban or rural, wealthy or not—deserves quality healthcare. At SUNY Downstate, diversity is a driving force: we believe nursing needs to reflect the communities we serve. More than 70 percent of our nursing students are members of minority groups.

SUNY Downstate is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn. As a nursing student, you'll collaborate with experts such as physicians at University Hospital of Downstate, practitioners from the School of Health Professions, and researchers seeking breakthroughs at our School of Graduate Studies. These opportunities as well as access to our 8-bed Simulation Center, will give you new insights into the field—and the tools to narrow gaps in health care that are all too common.

What Will You Learn?

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, and diagnostic skills 
  • Leadership skills, with a focus on health policy and advocacy with Brooklyn's only academic medical center as the backdrop
  • Apply knowledge and content of the program of study in preparation for national certification exams.

College of Nursing

  • Phone: (718) 270-7600

Careers & Outcomes

Nurses everywhere are perpetually in demand—and graduates of SUNY Downstate's master's program in nursing find opportunities in every kind of healthcare setting. 


  • SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Hospital
  • Northwell Health
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Kings County Hospital Center

Program Option: Nurse Educator (MS)

  • The program will prepare nurse educators to teach new and experienced nurses. Direct care experiences will prepare students for advance nursing practice nursing care.

Program Information

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Meet Our Faculty

A SUNY Downstate nursing education is built on theory, practice and equity—and each of our faculty are committed to each of those precepts. You'll work one-on-one with nurses who have served as both caregivers and thought leaders, contributing to nursing scholarship in leading publications.

Meet Our Faculty

Program Highlights


Master your skills

Our Simulation Laboratory features a labor and delivery room, isolation room, critical care beds and step-down unit beds. Students practice health assessment, psychomotor skills, critical thinking and teamwork.

Community-based opportunities with unique clinical partnerships to address population health inequities.

Shine at Downstate

Exceptional students and nurse leaders can join the SUNY Downstate Psi Tau Chapter of Sigma, the international honor society of nursing.


Join the ranks of the best

US News & World Report ranks our master's program among the top 50 in the country.

Additional Information

If you are the first in your family to attend college or are a part of an underserved community, you may be eligible for a scholarship worth up to $30,000.

Proven methods.

Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a nationally recognized organization.

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