Master of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-MSN)

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 ASN/ADN over the course of two (2) years of study. Designed with a comprehensive schedule of classroom and/or online instruction plus evidence-based quality-improvement practicum coursework.

Program Features

  • Top Ranking Program: Rated among the best graduate schools in the country for training nurses in assuming leadership roles in health care facilities.
  • Bypass the BSN: Nurses with an associate's degree can bypass the BSN degree and complete their master's degree in two (2) years. Save time and money.
  • Two (2) Campus Locations to Choose From: Classes are offered at the following locations: PleasantonOnline 
  • Flexible Schedule: Classes are held one (1) night a week — same night throughout the program.
  • Recognizable Degree: Considered one of the most versatile and flexible advanced nursing degrees. Our graduates are everywhere -on the frontlines of patient care, on the boards of leading health organizations, and in hospitals and governmental organizations where health policy is crafted. They will be your network - AND employers love our graduates.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing program, for registered nurses with an ADN/ASN or BSN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals. For our on-campus hybrid option, students attend class sessions in-person one (1) evening each week. This 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. For our online option, students complete coursework asynchronously 100% online. In-person class sessions are not required.

The RN-MSN is offered Online (100% asynchronous) and Pleasanton (Hybrid).


Curriculum and Practicum

RN-MSN students must complete 400 practicum hours, which can be completed at their place of work, or the school will work with you to secure a site. During these practicum hours, students will be trained to develop solutions for any kind of fragmentation or systems problem. For the final project, students develop a solution to a problem that they see in the unit or place of work and present it in poster-style presentation as well as a paper.

Estimated Cost

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2019-20 academic year rate is $1,480 per credit. You can expect to pay about $2,500 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition, there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $70 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course.


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. Associate Degree Nurses who graduate from the program are eligible to receive the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

State Authorization

Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.