School of Nursing - CSU, Chico

Master of Science

The master's degree program at California State University, Chico has been in existence since 1970 and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Our graduates currently function in influential health advisory positions at the state level, as nursing faculty in programs throughout California, as administrators in many types of health organizations, and as expert clinicians and managers.

Our program is geared to meet the needs of nurses in a rural area. The MSN program has two options: Nurse Educator and Nursing Leadership. We provide a strong program that enables students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of Nurse Educator and Nursing Leadership roles. The core year provides a broad foundation in aspects of nursing research, technology, advanced nursing roles and health care organizational systems.

Please note: The deadline to submit your application has been extended to July 15, 2014.

Admission Criteria

*Virtual Advising/Recruitment Sessions for Fall 2014 will be posted here soon. Please check back.

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*Directions for Virtual advising sessions - In order to log on to a virtual advising session, you need the following equipment:

You will be accessing a website that uses Blackboard Collaborate for hosting its virtual advising sessions. Log onto the website: MSN Virtual Advising Session. Prior to joining your advising session, verify Collaborate runs on your computer by entering a test Configuration Room.


There are 30 units in the graduate course curriculum and the course work takes five semesters to complete.

We will be admitting students for fall 2014. The deadline to submit your application has been extended to June 1, 2014.

Please e-mail the current Graduate Coordinator, Jenny Lillibridge to sign up for an advising session.

Beginning August 20, 2014, the Graduate Coordinator will be Irene Morgan.

Begin your application process with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Click here for more information on CSU Chico's graduate program: A Guide for New Graduate Students