"The best advice I ever received was to go back to school. Benefits from working at Upstate University Hospital allowed me to earn my BS and MS in Nursing for free. An advanced Nursing education opens new doors, gives you a much more comprehensive skill set and dramatically improves your practice."
—Scott Jessie, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, BS (2003); MS (2007) RN
Critical Care Nurse Manager Surgical/Trauma ICU
How to ApplyPost Master's Certificate
Post Master's ProgramFall: September 1 - May 15
Spring: July 1 - October 1
Only nurse practitioners seeking a second certification and who meet all pre-requisites may start in the spring. Please call the College of Nursing at 315 464-4276 for information.
How To Apply
- Complete the SUNY Upstate application
Submit the College of Nursing application. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of classes, but need not be completed at the time the application is submitted. List on the application all the classes you are currently taking and/or plan to take prior to entry into the program. PLEASE NOTE: this application does NOT offer spell check.
- Submit Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters should come from faculty members, managers/supervisors, and/or an advanced practice nurse who can judge your potential for graduate study. One letter must be from someone able to evaluate your clinical experience. We will also accept e-mailed letters of recommendation but only if it comes from a professional or college e-mail address. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com would be acceptable. UpstateFitness@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org will not be accepted. Each letter of recommendation must complete the Admissions Letter of Recommendation template form. E-mailed letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com.
- Submit Official Transcripts
Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college they have received credit from. Applicants should e-mail grade updates to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of the fall semester.
If your college transcripts are not in English, or it is not in the same grading system as the United States, you will need to get a translation and a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency.
All official transcripts are to be sent to the Admissions & Financial Aid Office at the address below.
- Submit copies of your RN License & CPR Certification: Copies of your current RN license and current CPR certification must be presented prior to matriculation.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Admissions and Financial Aid
766 Irving Ave.
1213 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
You will be notified of a decision soon after the Admissions Committee reviews your completed application.
Once accepted, you must send a $150 deposit to reserve your place in the entering class. This deposit will be deducted from your first semester tuition. All acceptances are contingent upon satisfactory completion of any college course work in progress.