Graduate Programs

The Department of Nursing offers the Entry-Level Master of Science (ELMS) program as an option for students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field to complete their Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing.

Nursing is the foundation of the U.S. health care workforce. Today, there is a shortage of nurses in Maryland and nationwide, and many adults are considering a career shift to nursing. The new entry-level Master of Science (ELMS) program at Towson University offers students the opportunity to move seamlessly into graduate nursing education without first seeking a second bachelor's degree. Graduates will receive a master’s degree in nursing and be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN© examination following successful completion of the program and graduation.

Through this unique and cutting-edge program, students will receive a high-quality, affordable graduate education that prepares them as advanced generalist nurses. Advanced generalist nurses possess foundational clinical knowledge and skills as well as specialized advanced knowledge in quality and safety, evidence-based practice, and population-based health. This program will uniquely qualify graduates to to apply these principles to support and lead unit-based health care quality and safety initiatives and to effectively interface with other members of a health care team to promote safe, high quality care to populations across the lifespan. 

Graduate Program Outcomes

The graduate of the ELMS program will be able to:

  1. Incorporate knowledge from the sciences and humanities in the provision of care as an advanced generalist nurse in diverse settings.
  2. Apply leadership skills in the coordination of care of diverse populations.
  3. Collaborate with members of interdisciplinary teams to improve the quality and safety of care provided.
  4. Apply research and evidence-based practice to improve the quality and safety of care.
  5. Utilize information technology in the delivery and evaluation of nursing care.
  6. Advocate for health policy to promote the health of diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and health promotion in the provision of holistic nursing care.
  8. Assess the economic impact of improved efficiency, quality, and safety in health care.