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Graduate MSN FAQ and Application Instructions

MSN Information Sessions

No reservations needed

Location: School of Nursing - Room 65

Time: 5pm-6pm

Dates (Thursdays):

  • August 15, 2019

  • September 19, 2019

  • October 17, 2019

  • November 21, 2019

MSN Program - Application Information - Fall 2020



  • Cal State Apply will open October 1, 2019 - January 15, 2020.
  • International applicants are recommended to apply by November 15, 2019. If international applicants apply later, it is possible that the GPA evaluation will not be completed in time to be considered.


  • Meet the general university admission requirements for graduate standing
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program. Prerequisite classes should be a B or better in all prerequisite courses
  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) is preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered
  • Current, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of California
  • A college-level course in statistics
  • A physical assessment course with a lab (for NP programs only)
  • A pathophysiology course (for NP programs only)
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the application deadline with the exception of the PNP, Women's Health, and Executive Management programs. In-progress prerequisite coursework for PNP, Women’s Health or Executive Management must be completed by June 30, 2019
  • Candidates with experience in the specialty will be given higher consideration
  • CSULB Catalog - Nursing -- All requirements contained on these pages are superseded by the official information published in the University Catalog of the current academic year.


Each applicant must submit all official transcripts, and complete both the University application and the School of Nursing application portions of CSULB Cal State Apply.

  1. Submit all official transcripts

    • Address: Graduate Admissions, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Any and all official transcripts received by the School of Nursing will be forwarded to the CSULB Graduate Admissions office. This may cause a delay in the University receiving and processing your transcripts. Therefore, please address to the CSULB Graduate Admissions office directly.

    • If you are a graduate of CSULB, do not submit CSULB transcripts. Only submit official transcripts of schools that you have attended after your CSULB graduation.

  2. Via Cal State Apply, complete the CSULB application

    • Applicants do not need to enter coursework from transcripts in Cal State Apply - applicants should select ‘I am not entering transcripts.’

  3. Via Cal State Apply, complete the supplemental School of Nursing application

    • Applicants can apply to only one specialty. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the correct specialty is chosen. The School of Nursing cannot change the specialty indicated by the applicant on the application, nor reconsider applicants who apply incorrectly.

    • Applicants will submit information regarding:

      • RN license

      • Prerequisite course description and syllabi if you took content of prerequisites but courses were not specifically named Statistics, Patho or Assessment.  Please email Alison Kliachko-Trafas regarding procedure to verify prerequisites. Verification of prerequisites should be done before filling out the application. 

      • Curriculum vitae or resume

      • Statement of purpose: one-page essay, double-spaced, 12 pt font about why you want to come to the program and what you plan to do with the degree upon graduation.

      • Email addresses of three individuals who will be submitting letters of recommendation. Cal State Apply will send them emails asking for the letters of recommendation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that their application is complete and their letters of recommendation are completely submitted - check with your recommenders and University Admissions to be sure the recommendations are submitted prior to the deadline; otherwise, your application will be incomplete and will not be considered.

  4. After review of submitted documents, candidates with the highest rankings will be invited to the School of Nursing for an on-campus interview and writing assessment (this usually takes place in March). Please make every effort to attend the date given as we cannot guarantee being able to reschedule another time due to faculty, staff and computer room availability. Notices are emailed from the School of Nursing.

  5. After an on-campus interview and writing assessment, scores are evaluated and admission decisions are made in April.

All application materials are online only. The School of Nursing does not have printed application materials in-office for pick-up.

Prospective students and applicants should read the information above thoroughly.

If you have any questions about the graduate program or application process that are not answered above, please email Alison Kliachko-Trafas or call 562.985.8379.