School of Nursing

Master of Science

About the Program

The master's degree program at California State University, Chico has been in existence since 1970. 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:

  1. Nurse Educator
  2. 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.

School of Nursing Masters Student Guidelines (PDF)

MSN Admission

The next MSN admission will be Fall 2020 for the Leadership Option. 

Admission Criteria: Nurse Leader Option

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a national nursing accrediting body.
  • A current California license to practice as a registered nurse.
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units of undergraduate nursing coursework.
  • A 3-unit course in statistics that includes inferential statistics with a grade of B or better, completed within the previous five years.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) writing analytics score of 4.0 or higher. You may schedule your test with the CSU, Chico Testing Office(opens in new window)
  • A completed application on file at the CSU, Chico Office of Graduate Studies, (opens in new window)which should include a letter of intent stating why the applicant is seeking admission to this MSN program and what the applicant's future goals are for this degree 

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

For more information, please email Sarah Brown Blake at

Application Process

Begin your application process with the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information on CSU, Chico's graduate program, visit the CSU, Chico Office of Graduate Studies website(opens in new window)