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How to Apply

All prospective students are required to submit a Program Application.  Submission of the Program Application will allow the School of Nursing and Extended Learning to provide each prospective student with an educational plan for program acceptance. Each applicant will receive an individualized advising worksheet showing course requirements completed and outstanding requirements that need to be met.

MSN Program Application

Once you have submitted your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $105 Application Fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment. 

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.


Request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

CSU San Marcos receives electronic transcripts through e Transcript California from many California Community Colleges (Palomar, MiraCosta, Southwestern, etc.).  Participating institutions will provide electronic transcripts through the established process.

Electronic transcripts provided through external, or third party, vendors (Credential Solutions, Docufide, Parchment, etc.) should be emailed to the following address:

All other official transcripts must be enclosed in sealed envelopes and mailed or delivered to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA. 92096-0001


 **Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program you have applied or been admitted to**


All other documents should be sent to:

California State University San Marcos
Extended Learning
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA  92096-0001
Attn: MSN


A completed application packet includes two letters of reference. Please use the provided Recommendation Form when submitting your references. 

Recommendation Form

Completed Application Checklist

To better assist applicants, please view the MSN Application Checklist, which must be completed by the applicant and submitted with their application packet.

MSN Application Checklist

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. 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 visit this link to obtain the list of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  A course by course evaluation is requested from one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please note that the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.

International students, please note: With a part-time RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

Provided below are the CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:

Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based (iBT)
Undergraduate 500 173 61
Graduate 550 213 80



Admission Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2013 cohort. The Program Application and official, hard copy transcripts may be submitted anytime and are accepted on a rolling-basis. Evaluations will be completed as Pre-Admission Advising Applications and official, hard copy transcripts are received.

Background Check

Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
Graduate Program

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.

1 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.

I acknowledge that I have read this policy and understand that once admitted to the program, I may be dismissed based on findings from the background check, drug screen and/or the Live Scan process.

______________________________ Student’s Printed Name

______________________________ Date

______________________________ Student’s Signature

Approved: March 18, 2013 Graduate Team Meeting

Health Insurance

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.

Application to the University

Students admitted to the MSN program will be required to submit an admission application to CSUSM through CSU Mentor along with a non-refundable $55 fee (in U.S. funds). The fee may not be transferred to another term or another CSU campus. The fee is required for each campus to which you apply. NOTE: DO NOT APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE MSN PROGRAM!