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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to be completed on a part-time basis.

The mission of the graduate program in nursing at California State University San Marcos is to provide superior graduate education to qualified students, leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Our objective is to prepare nurses in generalist and advanced practice roles for positions in the health care industry, community or public health agencies, and academia, and for continued study at the doctoral level.

The MSN program includes a strong foundation in theory and research inquiry. The School of Nursing acknowledges the responsibility to address the nursing and health care needs in populations and communities around the globe, including those who are underserved and vulnerable. The graduate program builds on the knowledge gained at the baccalaureate level and promotes nursing scholarship at the local, state, national and international level through research, service and practice. Values, ethics and multicultural perspectives are heavily embedded within the graduate program. Cultural sensitivity and competence are emphasized in the curriculum as students interface with a diverse population both professionally and in the care of clients, families and communities.

More about the MSN Program

The School of Nursing offers these areas of concentration:

Advanced Practice Nursing

The Advanced Practice Nursing concentration prepares the student for advanced practice nursing in the following areas:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) (*not currently admitting)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Post-Masters Certificates

Post Masters certificates offered in:

  • Transitions of Care Management (*not currently admitting)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (*not currently admitting)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

If you'd like to learn more about this program, please contact us at or by phone at (760) 750-4004.

Current or applying students at the San Marcos campus may contact us at or by phone at (760) 750-4020.