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How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  • All Post MSN Certificates have the same admission requirements which are listed below.

    • Master of Science in Nursing degree conferred
    • Resume
    • Personal Essay explaining your career goals and why you would like to obtain a Post MSN certificate
    • two letters of reference (one academic & one professional)
    • evidence of satisfactory completion (grade of C, 2.0 or better)**of
      • an Advanced Health Assessment course
      • an Advanced Pathophysiology course
      • an Advanced Pharmcology course

    A gap analysis is conducted on each admitted student to determine a plan of study.

    ** Post MSN students can be conditionally admitted into the progam prior to the completion of the courses above. Courses need to be completed before enrolling in clinical courses. 

Term Priority Deadline Application Link *CLOSED
Fall 2019 06/10/2019 Fall Application

You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. 
To receive full consideration for admission, please read the instructions below carefully. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents.


A. Click the following link: Post MSN Application
B. Create your CSU Apply account
C. Complete your profile (write down your username and password to use at a later time)
          -Select "Graduate, including Credential and Certificate Programs" for the level of degree you are seeking
Select "Post Baccalaureate Certificate" for the type of degree
D. Start your application
          -From the program selection page, select "Cal State San Marcos" as your campus of choice
          -Select the "Post MSN" program under San Marcos Extended Learning
          -Follow instructions to complete all 4 quadrants of the program application
          -Once complete, submit your application. You will be prompted to pay a $55 non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: Your application is not officially submitted until payment has been received. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours upon successful submission of your application. If you don't receive a confirmation email, log in to your CSU Apply account and ensure the status of your application is "Posted." Any other status indicates your application has not been successfully submitted to the university.


In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

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 as the recipient email address.

If you select to mail your transcript, all official transcripts must be mailed or delivered in sealed envelopes to the address below. *NOTE: Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail.

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

Revised/New Transcripts: 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 name of Post MSN.

International students: 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. Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail to the address listed above.


 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 the following address:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning/Post 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.

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.



Background Check

Students admitted to the cohort will be required to complete a background check including, statewide, county, and federal screening before placement in a healthcare agency for clinical assignment.  Background checks are required of all individuals seeking a nursing license in the State of California.  Students who have reason to believe that a background check would reveal a prior misdemeanor or felony should seek to have these matters expunged from their record if possible.