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Master of Science in Nursing

The master's degree program in nursing at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The CSUSB Master of Science in Nursing Program: Meeting the Needs of the Community

The Department of Nursing offers a hybrid online graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing. Every student competes a series of core courses and selects from one of three concentrations/specializations: Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing, Population Health for Clinical Nurse Leaders, and Nurse Educator. Students choosing full-time plans of study typically complete the degree in two to two-and-one half academic years. Part-time progression is possible, as well.
The program is offered in a hybrid format, combining online delivery of most course lessons with a limited number of face-to-face sessions. Face-to-face class sessions may be scheduled at either the San Bernardino or the Palm Desert campus, in an effort to equitably serve graduate students from both the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley.
Clinical practicums are arranged to correspond with practicum learning objectives. Every attempt is made to place students in practicum locations as close as possible to students’ cities of residence. However, practicum placements can only be arranged in agencies and facilities with whom CSUSB has formal affiliation Contracts. The majority of CSUSB’s formal affiliation Contracts are with agencies and facilities located in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.


  • The concentration in Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing prepares the graduate to deliver expert nursing care to community-based populations in positions in public health departments, home health agencies, and other community-based organizations.
  • The Population Health for Clinical Nurse Leaders concentration prepares the graduate to apply a population-focused perspective in delivery of expert nursing care in a wide range of clinical settings including hospitals, ambulatory settings, skilled nursing facilities, and more.
  • The Nurse Educator concentration prepares the graduate for nurse educator positions in both academic and clinical settings. Clinical focus on a selected patient population is included.


Core Courses for All Concentrations, Specialty Courses Specific to Concentrations

All students regardless of selected concentration take core courses designed to help students demonstrate master’s-level knowledge and competencies. Core courses in the MS in Nursing program include advanced nursing roles, advanced theory and research, and population health assessment and program planning/evaluation.

Students in each concentration will take additional courses specific to their concentration.


Master of Science in Nursing Roadmap

MS in Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge from natural, human, and nursing sciences to advanced nursing practice.
  2. Integrate pertinent research findings and other high-quality evidence into specific proposals for practice changes to improve care safety and quality.
  3. Demonstrate assessment, program planning, interventions, and evaluation skills to promote health as well as prevent disease in a population.
  4. Apply skills in informatics and statistical analysis of datasets to identify and prioritize population health needs as well as evaluate the impact of practice improvement efforts.
  5. Demonstrate leadership, management, and interprofessional communication and collaboration skills to promote agency/ organizational/ health care system efficiency and effectiveness and improve population health outcomes.
  6.  Advocate for the health of a population by addressing legal and ethical issues and health policies in the public, private, and voluntary agency/organization/system arenas.
  7. Demonstrate advanced specialty competencies.

For information on admission requirements and how to apply for admission, see the Master of Science in Nursing Admissions page or the Master of Science in Nursing Informational Session page