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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science degree is available 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.

Our philosophy for graduate nursing education is grounded in the reality that healthcare around the globe, our nation’s healthcare system and the practice of nursing are constantly changing and adapting to the needs of highly diverse populations.  “Illness-based” care has been replaced with a new focus on “wellness” and graduate-educated nurses play key clinical and leadership roles in maintaining the wellness of communities and individual patients.

Graduates of our nursing programs have traditionally been in great demand due to the excellence of the education they received and their real-world understanding of healthcare delivery systems.  Their clinical expertise in managing and providing care for patients has been well recognized and our graduates will continue to be the visionaries of the future, guiding innovation and incorporating the best evidence-based practice into direct care delivery and the healthcare systems that enable the provision of care.

Importantly, all of our programs are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of nurses.  Most of our on-campus classes are offered on either Tuesday or Thursday to eliminate the need for daily commutes and we are utilizing distance learning technology to reduce on-campus classes where we are able to do so.  For example, our new Nursing and Health Systems Executive Management program was totally developed utilizing “hybrid” learning with approximately two-thirds of all courses offered through the latest academic technology and computer-based learning.

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 degrees 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 superceded by the official information published in the CSULB Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, visit this official university page.)

The next graduate information session will be held on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, from 5-6pm in NUR-65.

Special INFORMATION MEETINGS are held on the THIRD WEDNESDAY of most months during the academic year FROM 5 to 6 pm in ROOM 65 at the School of Nursing.   These sessions provide a general overview of all our programs and offer an opportunity for direct dialogue with Ron Norby, Director of our Graduate Program.  They are open to anyone who is a current RN and is considering our Master’s program. No reservation is required.  For further information about our Master’s program, contact Alison Trafas by phone at 562-985-8379 or e-mail