Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Discover the rewards of graduate nursing at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions. Unlike traditional programs, the MSN program emphasizes leadership, quality, safety, and evidence-based education. You will learn from a framework that integrates the humanities, public health, and physical and organizational sciences into nursing practice. As a nurse with a USF master’s education, you are prepared to lead and succeed in today's complex and dynamic health care system, while also keeping in mind the idea of cura personalis, or "care of the whole person". This particularly Jesuit approach to a nursing education ensures that you have a global perspective when making health care decisions.
The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers two (2) entry points toward a master of science degree in nursing – the first entry point is for individuals who have a nursing background (registered nurses or RNs), and the second for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field outside of nursing. Choose a track that is appropriate for your background to learn more about admission requirements, deadlines, curriculum patterns and more.
Option 1: MSN for Registered Nurses (RN-MSN)
- For individuals who are currently Registered Nurses (RNs), this includes Registered Nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree or RNs with an associates degree in nursing.
- Offered in the following campus locations: Pleasanton and San Francisco
- There's also a 100% online option available, especially suited for working professionals (RN-MSN only)
- Degree completion in 2 years
OPTION 2: master's entry msn (ME-MSN)
- For individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field outside of nursing, who do not hold an RN license
- Offered in San Francisco and Orange County
- Degree completion in 2 years
Why get a MSN at USF?
As the city's first university, USF has served San Francisco since 1854 and inspired students' passion to apply their education as a vehicle of positive change in the world. Located at the heart of San Francisco, the university provides unparalleled access to a city that is the birthplace of progress and big ideas. The School of Nursing and Health Professions of the University of San Francisco advances the mission of the university by preparing health professionals to address the determinants of health, promote policy and advocacy, and provide a moral compass to transform health care in order to further equity and positively influence quality, delivery, and access.
Learning Resources and the San Francisco advantage
Combining classroom learning and clinical practice, undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Nursing and Health Professions utilize a hands-on approach to nursing education. Additionally, San Francisco’s booming economy and cultural resources provide our students with unique professional and personal opportunities in a collaborative and challenging environment.
- USF’s state of the art Nursing Simulation Lab transforms the way nursing is taught by allowing students to learn from their mistakes and improves their on-the-job performance
- We partner with organizations and communities around the San Francisco Bay Area to improve the quality of health care and to provide our students with hands-on clinical experience
- Students in our graduate programs have the opportunity to gain clinical practice in more than 200 top healthcare organizations, including: Alameda County Health Systems, Alameda County Public Health Department, John Muir Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, La Clinica de la Raza, Stanford University Medical Center, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, and Veterans Affairs
- Students play an active role at the University and in the larger Bay Area community through student organizations that promote student engagement, support the unique needs of all students, help develop professional networks and support innovative programs, community partnerships that serve traditionally underserved and marginalized communities through excellence in research, clinical practice, and systems development
- USF boasts a healthy 14: 1 student-faculty ratio - allowing students to develop strong relationships with their teachers to receive guidance and mentorship towards their career goals
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
It is also approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. Students who graduate from the program are also eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.