• I have been out of school for a long time.  Will I be able to manage graduate level work?

Many students in the program have been out of school for a number of years and initially felt unsure about their abilities.  Once they started the program, they found that they could manage the course requirements and were energized by the exchange of new ideas with colleagues.  An Educational Support Program (ESP) is available to all students and is designed to help the student by providing support, guidance, instruction, and inspiration.  Students who are actively involved are well prepared to be successful in achieving the goal of a graduate degree in nursing.

  •  I work full time and have other responsibilities.  Am I required to attend a minimum number of courses each semester?

Most of the students attending the program have many demands on their time and take one or two classes at a time.  You may take up to six years, from the time you become a matriculated student, to complete the program.

  • When are graduate classes in nursing offered?

Classes meet once a week for two-and-one-half hours and are usually offered from 5:00 – 7:30 PM Monday to Friday.  Some classes are offered online, face to face and hybrid.  Classes are also offered during the summer.

  • What is the tuition for graduate study at William Paterson University?

Current tuition and fees for the graduate program can be found at the following web site: 


  •   What types of financial help are available? 

Graduate assistantships are available to full time students. Information regarding financial aid and assistance programs may be acquired by calling 973-720-2202.   

  • What are the application deadlines for the graduate program? 

Applications for matriculation into the program is on rolling admissions.  Non-degree students may apply up to the first day of classes. 

  • What do I need to address in my essay?
  • Your relevant professional nursing experiences since completion of your undergraduate degree, with a description of your professional accomplishments.
  • Integrate your experiences with your goals as a master-prepared nurse.
  • A copy of your resume.
  • What do I need in a Graduate Admissions Recommendation?

The Recommendation is given to a former faculty member or nursing supervisor.  The Recommendation goes beyond endorsement.  The sponsor is asked to make remarks specifically upon performance and potential for rigorous, advanced graduate study.  The sponsor is asked to comment on the applicants’ critical thinking, motivation, written expression, verbal comprehension and judgment. You can download the Graduate Admissions Recommendation found on: http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/graduate/