MSN for Registered Nurses

University of San Francisco

M.Sc. Online
24 months
1430 USD/credit
1430 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for Registered Nurses offered by the University of San Francisco program prepares RNs already holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to advance within the field by gaining experience to develop and manage patient care plans, and to advocate for best practices within the health care field.


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for Registered Nurses offered by the University of San Francisco is rated among the top in the country, prepares students as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs). It comprises 35 credits for RNs with a BSN and 46 credits for RNs with an ADN over the course of 2 years of study. Designed with a comprehensive schedule of classroom and online instruction plus practicum coursework.

For our on-campus hybrid option, you attend class sessions in-person one (1) evening each week. Your class session is scheduled for a specific day of the week, for the duration of the program. Integrated with the in-person sessions are online modules that extend the scope, depth, and impact of the real-time interaction.

You can also complete the program fully online with no campus visits. The course content for both options (on-campus hybrid and online) is the same. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Healthcare Policy and Ethics
  • Epidemiology (Online only) 
  • Assessment Across the Lifespan 
  • CNL Role: Introduction
  • Nursing Inquiry 
  • Healthcare Systems Leadership
  • Adv. Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 
  • CNL Practice I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives 
  • Financial Resource Management (CNL)
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • CNL Practice II: Quality Improvement Outcomes Management
  • CNL Role: Synthesis
  • Internship: Clinical Nurse Leader

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Fall Application Priority Deadline: May 15
Locations: San Francisco, San Jose, and Pleasanton
  • Spring Application Deadline: October 24

Locations: Online


IELTS or TOEFL needed


35 or 46 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application and fee
  • Completion of an undergraduate nursing degree (ADN or BSN) from an accredited institution
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Personal statement 
  • Professional résumé
  • Active unencumbered RN License documentation (must reflect state where you plan to complete practicum hours).
  • Two letters of recommendation. 
  • TEAS or GRE test is NOT required
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      1430 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      1430 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


    The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) is proud to offer a variety of ways to assist in funding your education. SONHP offers scholarships through the School and an assortment of resources for funding opportunities outside of the School. In addition to scholarship funding, students seeking Federal Financial Aid can find more information on the he University's Financial Aid webpage. A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. 

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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