Graduate Studies

The School of Nursing offers a CCNE accredited program that leads to a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The purpose of the program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice in the functional roles of primary care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist/nursing educator. Each graduate of the master's in nursing program must demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in physical diagnosis, psychological assessment, and management of health-illness needs in complex client and community systems. The program provides a foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

Clinical Options

Students select a functional role of either primary care nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist/nursing educator. Any nursing class in the role specialization options area may be canceled because of insufficient enrollment.

For specific program information please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Admission Criteria

There are two pathways into the M.S.N. program for individuals with different educational backgrounds: the B.S.N. graduate and the R.N. with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.

Admission Criteria for B.S.N. Graduates

  1. Admission to California State University, Fresno, Division of Graduate Studies
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
  3. Registered nurse license in California (may be waived for nurses licensed in another country)
  4. Overall GPA of 2.5 with 3.0 in nursing
  5. GRE must be completed within last five years. Scores will be used in the admission selection process.
  6. Malpractice insurance
  7. An introductory course in statistics
  8. An introductory course in research
  9. A physical assessment course that includes theory and practice; or validation of knowledge and skills for graduates of programs with integrated content
  10. Current CPR certification

Admission Criteria for Registered Nurses with a Baccalaureate Degree in a Field Other Than Nursing

This program is open only to students eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno, who have completed a nursing program in an accredited school, are registered, or eligible for registration as nurses in the state of California and who hold a bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited university.

For admission to this program, students are required to meet the following criteria in addition to the regular criteria set for admission to the M.S.N. program:

  1. Submission of resume of all past educational and employment experience. Resume should emphasize experience in leadership, community health, research, and writing for publication.
  2. Review of resume by the graduate coordinator of the School of Nursing who establishes nursing courses the student must complete to obtain a background comparable to students graduating with a B.S.N. at California State University, Fresno.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the individualized program established by the coordinator before enrolling in the regular M.S.N. program.
  4. Admission to the Nurse Practitioner Program is not guaranteed, and all students must make application to the Nurse Practitioner Program.

Post-Master's Certificates (State-Issued)

The number of units for the Post Master’s Certificate can vary based on prior coursework. Applicants may receive course credit toward a certificate for graduate courses taken previously by submitting a copy of course descriptions, objectives, and assignments for review by the graduate coordinator. At that time, a course of study will be determined with input from the student and department graduate curriculum committee.