Master of Science in Nursing
This page lists all admission, prerequisite, and graduation requirements of the MS program.
Program Admission Requirements
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University, a student
- a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited
by the National League for Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. RNs with a bachelors or masters degree in another field without
an upper division major in nursing or who have deficiencies will be considered on an
individual basis and may be required to enroll in designated undergraduate
courses and graduate courses beyond the minimum units necessary for advanced
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in
undergraduate upper division courses
- a satisfactory score on GRE General Test.
- a California license to practice registered nursing.
- satisfactorily completed a course in statistics (Statistics 250 or equivalent)
with a grade of C or better.
One year of work experience as a registered nurse is preferred prior to starting concentration/specialization courses. For Nurse Midwife applicants, the experience must be in labor and delivery. For the Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly, three years of related experience is highly recommended. Prior experience is not required for concentrations in Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems.
Students who do not satisfy all admission requirements may, with special consideration,
be admitted in a "conditionally classified" graduate standing.
General MS Requirements
The Master of Science degree includes, for all concentrations/specializations:
Students in all concentrations may choose between Plan A, Thesis or Project, or Plan B, Comprehensive Exam. This choice should be made early in the program. Students should consult with the Graduate Advisor and the concentration chair for current policies. Up to 12 semester units may be accepted in transfer from an accredited School of Nursing.
- Twelve units of core courses to include Nursing 604A, 604B, 608, and 684.
- A minimum of 18-45 units of graduate courses in the area of concentration or specialization.
- Zero to six units of electives.
- Nursing 799A (Thesis or Project), OR Nursing 798 (Plan B, Comprehensive Exam).
Courses Required for the MS Concentrations and Specializations:
See the Concentrations and Specializations for course requirements for each specialization.
Last updated: 02/06/2013