San Diego State University

MS Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the university, a student must have:

  • 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 degrees
  • 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 birth related. For the Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly, three years of related experience is highly recommended.

Students who do not satisfy all admission requirements may, with special consideration, be admitted in a “conditionally classified” graduate standing.

Please Note: SDSU programs change periodically. Official requirements are always current in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin available online.


For further information, please contact the graduate program coordinator at:

School of Nursing
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4158
(619) 594-2540



last updated: 1/5/2016