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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

The master's program prepares nurses to assume roles either as nurse practitioners or as nursing and healthcare systems executive managers.

The purpose of the nurse practitioner program is to prepare competent nurse practitioners who possess knowledge, skills and abilities in physical diagnosis, psycho-social assessment and management of health-illness needs in a primary or acute care environment.

The purpose of the Nursing and Healthcare Systems Executive Management program is to prepare nurses to assume executive-level positions and senior leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, healthcare systems and other healthcare entities serving patients in highly complex and diverse settings.

The master of science degree is open to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in a variety of areas of clinical specialization and executive management.  Our master’s programs are all approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone 202-887-6791.

The MSN Graduate Learning Outcomes


Specific Degrees, Certificates, and Programs

The Entry Level BSN to MSN program for those applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree is no longer offered at CSULB. Applicants who have not obtained a RN license and who have a BA/BS in another field may apply to our Undergraduate BSN program as second degree seekers.


Master of Science Degree Programs

1. Nurse Practitioner Specialty Options:


2. Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing & Health Systems Executive Management


3. Certificate Programs


4. Special On-Site Programs


National Credentialing Agencies

American Nurses Credentialing Center

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

The National Certification Corporation for Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioners

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

American Organization of Nurse Executives

American College of Healthcare Executives

American Association of Critical Care Nurses


(All requirements contained on these pages are superseded by the official information published in the CSULB Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, visit this official university page.)

2019 Information Session Dates [pdf]:  These sessions provide a general overview of all our programs and offer an opportunity for direct dialogue with Dr. Natalie Cheffer, Graduate Program Director.  The meetings are open to anyone who is a current RN and is considering one of our graduate programs. No reservation is required.  For further information about our graduate program, contact Alison Trafas by phone at 562-985-8379 or e-mail