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.


The School of Nursing offers three areas of concentration:

Advanced Practice Nursing

The Advanced Practice Nursing concentration prepares the student for advanced practice nursing in the following three areas: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP).

Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader concentration prepares the student to be a leader, manager, and educator at the unit level. 

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education concentration offers the student courses in the theories of adult learning, curriculum design and development, and classroom and online teaching strategies.