How To Apply
You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. Instructions to apply to each type are included below. The instructions must be followed exactly to receive full consideration for admission to the MSN program. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents by the deadline.
STEP 1: Submit your application to CSUSM
A. Click the "MSN Application" link
B. Click the "Register" link and follow the instructions to create your account. Be sure to write down your username and password to use at a later time.
C. Click the "Start New Application" link and update the fields with the following information:
D. Reference Contact Information CSUSM requires each applicant to provide the Full Name and Email Address of two recommenders in this section. At least one recommender should be from an academic source and one should be from a professional source. The recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. Once the applicant has completed this section, they can provide the form link to their recommenders. The recommenders are required to complete the form and either a) mail the form back to CSUSM at the address below or b) email the form to a designated email address.
A completed application packet includes two letters of reference. Please use the provided Recommendation Form when submitting your references.
E. Add required attachments to your application.
F. Click on Validate to confirm all required fields are complete. Fill in all required fields, then click on Validate again. Once all the fields have been validated, check the box certifying that your application is accurate and click the Submit button.
Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $55 program application fee. Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the University.
STEP 2: Submit official transcripts to CSUSM
Request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended. The following submission options are:
Electronic delivery is the preferred transcript delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient email address.
If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:
Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Previous CSUSM students who have not completed coursework at CSUSM in the last year should resend all official transcripts as the originals may have been archived.
*Please note all international transcripts and coursework must be submitted via postal mail.
Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email email@example.com to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of MSN.
International students please note: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies. Please see the list of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
STEP 3: Satisfy English Proficiency Requirement (Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only):
All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Submission of these test scores should be sent to:
California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning / MSN
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Please note: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible.
Please review your Student Center at MyCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.
Completed Application Checklist
To better assist applicants, please view the MSN Application Checklist, which may be completed by the applicant and submitted with their application packet.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (Accepted Applicants)
Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance.This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.
Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
1. All students are required to complete a background check upon conditional admission to the School of Nursing.1 Students who have a flagged background check will not be admitted to the nursing program. Students will be able to join a later cohort pending Space Available when their background check is unflagged.
2. Prior to the completion of Nursing 502, all students are required to complete a Nursing Consortium background check and drug screen prior to their first nursing clinical course. An additional background check and drug screen may be required by the School of Nursing at a later time during the program. Students are required to have a negative urine drug screening and background check which includes a state, county, and federal screening. This background check is accessed by the clinical agencies for approval for clinical placement. If a student receives a dilute reading on his/her drug screen results, then the student is required to go back and re-test within a twenty-four hour time period. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.
3. In addition, some clinical sites will require students to complete a Live Scan clearance. If the student does not clear the Live Scan process, then s/he may not be permitted to attend the clinical rotation. The student risks dismissal from the program should this occur.
4. The Office of Extended Learning will mail each student in the cohort a letter of conditional admission. Soon after, students will receive a letter with instructions on how to place an order for a background check/drug screen. Students will have approximately two weeks to order their background check online and complete the drug screen. If this deadline is not met, the student will not be guaranteed a seat in the cohort.
All students must provide proof of current healthcare insurance to the School of Nursing by the designated deadline. The deadline information will be provided at the School of Nursing orientation session. This is a mandatory requirement.
Students in the MSN program must carry their own malpractice insurance, pass a physical health examination, and demonstrate a sufficient immunization record consistent with that required of clinical placement in local health