Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


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Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 healthcare field.

The program comprises of 33 credits for RNs with a BSN and 38 credits for RNs with an ADN over the course of 2 years of study. Designed with a comprehensive schedule of the classroom and online instruction plus practicum coursework.

Program Features

  • Top Ranking Program: Rated among the best graduate schools in the country for training nurses in assuming leadership roles in healthcare facilities.
  • Bypass the BSN: Nurses with an associate's degree can bypass the BSN degree and complete their degree in two (2) years. Save time and money.
  • Two Campus Locations to Choose From: Classes are offered at the following locations: Online | Pleasanton 
  • Flexible Schedule: Classes are held one night a week — same night throughout the program, or 100% online
  • Recognizable Degree: Considered one of the most versatile and flexible MSN degrees. Our graduates are everywhere - AND employers love our graduates. Our graduates are on the frontlines of patient care, on the boards of leading health organizations, and in hospitals and governmental organizations where health policy is crafted.

Program Details

The Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) program, for registered nurses with an ADN or BSN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals.

Program Delivery

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.

Our 100% online option offers asynchronous online coursework, completed at your own pace. Office hours and one-on-one engagement with faculty are available to online students.


Students in the RN-MSN program must complete 400 practicum hours. With supervisor and site approval, these hours may be completed at your place of work. You will be responsible for securing your own preceptor and identifying your own practicum site. The faculty will work with you to secure your site; you cannot start the process of securing your site without the approval of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.


A variety of materials determines whether or not a course of study is a good match for a student. In addition to grades and test scores, the following factors are considered as part of admission to the MSN for Registered Nurses program: employment background, previous academic coursework and preparedness, research interests, and long-term professional goals.

Application Deadlines

  • May 15, 2021

Application Materials

All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. The School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions does not accept mailed materials.

Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions at

Application Requirements

Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake master's study and of their potential contributions to the discipline of nursing as evidence by the following:

  1. Completed online application and fee
  2. Completion of an undergraduate nursing degree (ADN or BSN) from an accredited institution
  3. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded through the online application form. Transcripts must reflect the name of the institution attended, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA. Applicants should ensure that all transcripts are readable once uploaded. Submission of official transcripts is ONLY required for all admitted students who decide to enroll. For non-U.S. transcripts, applicants please submit translated transcripts.
  4. Recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  5. Personal statement
  6. Professional résumé
  7. Active unencumbered RN License documentation (must reflect the state where you plan to complete practicum hours).
  8. Two letters of recommendation. In the online form, enter the names and e-mail addresses for recommenders. They will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions to upload their letter.
  9. For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, a passport copy, and TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.
  10. TEAS or GRE test is NOT required

State Authorization

USF is accepting applications for enrollment into online degree programs from residents in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Please check for specific programs offered in these states.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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