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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

This degree is available to qualified students who desire advanced studies. The program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).


  • 1. A bachelor's degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered;
  • 2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California; PHN Certificate needed for concurrent MSN/MPH program;
  • 3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;
  • 4. A college level course in statistics;
  • 5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice, must have been taken within last five years (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
  • 6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
  • 7. A college level growth and development across the life-span course (required for Family, Pediatric, and Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practicioner applicants only; all other specility areas exempt);
  • 8. An upper division public health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;
  • 9. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
  • 2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;
  • 3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  • 4. Approval of the school graduate director and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

The M.S. in Nursing requires completion of the required courses in one of the following speciality areas: Adult-Geriatric, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health Care.