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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 clinical specialty areas. 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).

The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines and community services to promote health.

The focal point in this curriculum is the nursing process with strong components of clinical medical knowledge complemented by behavioral science concepts. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the area of student’s choice.

The graduate will have the knowledge and skill to function as an advanced practice nurse in one of several specialty areas. Nursing research skills and the application of nursing theory to practice are major emphases of the curriculum.

In an effort to accommodate the busy schedules of nurses, we offer all of our core courses on Tuesday and Thursday to eliminate the need for students to come to campus every day. While it may be possible to schedule all classes on one day, the majority of students will need to come to campus both days as a full-time student.

Each applicant should request a copy of the official transcript of all college course work be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records.

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 in other fields may apply to our Undergraduate BSN program as second degree seekers.


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


(All requirements contained on these pages are superceded by the official information published in the CSULB Catalog of the current academic year.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 MSN Information Session will be on Wednesday, September 24th from 5-6pm in NUR-65.

For further information about our MSN programs, contact Alison at or 562-985-8379