University of San Diego

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built upon the baccalaureate degree with an upper-division focus in nursing and emphasizes research, theory, and practice. 

The graduate program in nursing offers eight areas of emphasis:

  • Executive Nurse Leader, 
  • Health Care Informatics, 
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, 
  • Clinical Nurse Leader, 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, 
  • Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, 
  • Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 


All specialties share a common core of knowledge and each is designed to prepare a graduate nurse in the respective area. The purpose of the program is to provide leadership preparation that will enable the graduate to assume a significant role in nursing and health care delivery.

There are also several MSN options available. The options include a Nursing Education Option, a Latino Health Care Option, and a Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care Option.

The BSN to DNP program is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Graduates of a master's entry program in nursing are also eligible to apply. The BSN to DNP program requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78-81 units depending on the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates are eligible to write national certification examinations appropriate to their educational preparation.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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